Update: Investigation into Pioneer Catholic Cemetery vandalism continues

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Pioneer Catholic Cemetery in Marquette has been vandalized.

The Diocese of Marquette said that the vandalism was reported to police on November 5th and they suspect the vandalism occurred a day or two before.

The cemetery, formerly known as the “Old Catholic Cemetery,” just held a memorial blessing for the cemetery's new monument last month.

A considerable amount of the renovation and work put in to restore the cemetery was done by volunteers.

The Diocese of Marquette is working on getting expert opinions on how to clean up the damage.

John Fee, the Communications Director for the Diocese of Marquette, said that there is spray paint on stone, metal, and wooden surfaces.

"We’re saddened to see such disrespect shown to those buried there and their families. We plan to clean up the damage as soon as possible," Fee added.

Marquette City Police said that the incident is still under investigation.

TV6 and FOX UP will continue to update the story as more information becomes available.

Anyone with information on the vandalism is urged to call the Marquette City Police Department at 906-228-0400.

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