Holocaust memorial in Boston vandalized for the second time this summer

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 15, 2017

The memorial had been vandalized less than two months ago, according to police.

Officers responded to a call around 6:40 p.m. where they said a 17-year-old boy from Malden was being detained by two bystanders. He thanked the public and Boston police for the "quick arrest" of a suspect.

On Monday evening witnesses watched as a man in a hooded sweatshirt threw a rock at the memorial, shattering one of the glass panels, which are inscribed with numbers that symbolize Holocaust victims.

The police department's civil rights unit is also investigating to determine whether the incident was a hate crime. Clearly, this type of behavior will not be tolerated in our city.

"We will remain resilient and will have a timeline for rebuilding the memorial once we have assessed the damage", the statement said. Police said he will be charged with wilful and malicious destruction of property.

Repairs were made to fix the damaged panel and it was rededicated in July.

Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh said he's "saddened to see such a despicable action".

The motive of Monday's vandalism remains unclear at this time.

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