Frustration and concern after a string of shooting incidents in Grand Rapids – WZZM13.com

Frustration and concern after a string of shooting incidents in Grand Rapids - WZZM13.com
Skateboarding couple deface gravesite of former President Gerald Ford, first lady Betty Ford
In security camera video, a young man and woman, possibly teenagers, can be seen approaching the gravesite at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. The couple can be seen kicking a skateboard across the front of the memorial; then they hoist themselves to sit on top of it, where the young man appears to try to rip one of the letters out of the inscription.

“We look at this as extreme vandalism,” Joel Westphal, deputy director of the presidential library, told NBC affiliate WOOD of Grand Rapids on Wednesday.

During their car ride together, Thomas shared that it was his birthday and he invited Lynema to his party after school. He also disclosed that he gets bullied at school, so he felt that no one was going to show up.

“We look upon this site as an important site,” Westphal said. “This is a presidential gravesite, and were not happy.”

The officers plan on attending Thomas’ birthday party next year and jokingly asked for an invite that’s not as last-minute. “We wouldn’t want to miss it!” they said.

Police: Two wanted for defacing gravesites of President and Betty Ford

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