5-year-old child’s tombstone vandalized


A tombstone of a 5-year-old boy was vandalized, and authorities are trying to find out who is responsible.

It happened at Holy Cross Cemetery on Belmont and Hughes streets.

The family of the child is distraught, especially Johnny Navarro’s grandparents who cherished him very much.

“My son named him after me, little Johnny,” said Johnny Navarro, the child’s Grandpa.

The 5-year old died in 2002 from having Short Gut Syndrome.

“Part of his intestines was missing. He was on a list for a transplant but nothing became available for him before he passed,” said Navarro.

Navarro’s grandchild was buried at Holy Cross.
The family hasn’t had any problems until last October.

“He had an angel statue put on his gravesite and they stole the statue off his gravesite,” said Navarro.

Navarro filed a report with the sheriff’s department and still the angel has yet to be found.

Sunday Navarro went to visit his grandson only to find his tombstone was destroyed again.
Someone completely scribbled out his face and wrote ‘Chris Proctor’ on it.

“We don’t know why they keep picking on him, is it because it’s close to the curbside and they keep picking on him or what?” said Navarro.

Grandpa Navarro is hopes who ever keeps doing this is caught.

“It’s very frustrating to see somebody do something to hurt a little child who was gone before his time,” said Navarro.

The cemetery called out Rico Memorial Stones Inc. who completely refurbished the headstone.

Navarro is hoping that he’ll one day raise the money to replace the angel statue that was mounted next to it.

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