Fallen Officers Memorial In West Memphis Vandalized

Published 06/15 2014 08:41PM

Updated 06/15 2014 08:46PM

WEST MEMPHIS, AR -- A Memorial to honor fallen officers is vandalized less than 10 days after it opens -- and residents are disgusted.

Graffiti was scratched into the surface of the memorial causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Two officers -- Brandon Paudert and Bill Evans -- were gunned down in 2010 when a routine traffic stop went bad.

The memorial was built -- in their honor -- to help heal the West Memphis community.

Resident Albert Marconi commented on the incident.

"It's very nice to have something like this to honor those people and to have something like this happen, it is totally unnecessary," Marconi said. "I can't come up with a reason why they, ya know, what did they accomplish and ya know since they caught them I hope they spend a lot of time in jail."

The community raised $300,000 to erect this memorial and what took years to plan and build, likely took just minutes to damage.

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