Parents devastated after flowers stolen from daughter’s grave in Fall River

FALL RIVER, MASS. (WHDH) - A family is searching for answers after discovering that the flowers around their daughter’s grave were ripped from the ground last week at Oak Grove Cemetery in Fall River.

Cemetery officials say that this is not the first time something like this has happened.

“I am very disturbed, it brought me right back to, you know, the whole trauma,” said Darlene Tetreault, who is hoping to find out who stole the flowers from the grave of her daughter, Marissa, who died in a car crash in 2011 at the age of 22.

Her parents, who frequently visit the grave, have planted flower beds in front of her tombstone.

Tetreault says her husband sometimes visits the gravesite more than once a day.

“This is definitely his place where he can find peace,” she said. “And he comes, and he speaks with her.”

After the bed of flowers the couple planted in front of Marissa’s grave were ripped up, they say that peace was shattered.

“It must have been for their own yard, or for themselves. And I would have gladly given them some. But to come here and totally, you know, dig things up Dig them all, dig all the pink flowers, everything that was in the front, all the ground cover’s just horrible,” Tetreault said. “I mean, it’s, like, indescribable. I don’t know how another person could do that, especially at someone’s resting place.”

Tetreault says that she is discouraged and is unsure if she will replace the flowers that were torn out.

“This makes me feel just defeated, and just disgusted with humanity,” she said.

Anyone with information about the stolen flowers should contact Fall River Police.

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