Anti-Islamic Graffiti Found on Evergreen Cemetery Grave

For the sixth time in less than two years, a grave in Evergreen Cemetery has been desecrated with anti-Muslim writings.

Police have confirmed that a grave in Evergreen Cemetery, 3401 W. 87th St., has been desecrated with anti-Muslim writings. 

The graffiti, written in black marker, contains derogatory statements about the prophet Muhammad. It is the sixth time this particular grave has been desecrated since March 2011, said Police Lt. Peter Donovan. 

Earlier media reports misstated the number of graves marked. The confusion may have arisen from the fact that the grave site contains a bench, tombstone and obelisk, all of which were desecrated, Donovan said.

The writing includes the phrase "Raghead Killer", gang signs and assorted profanities aimed at the Prophet Muhammad. 

Police have not yet determined a motivation in the incident. 

Clean-up of the site should be fairly quick as the writings were done with a marker and a power washer was able to remove them in the past, Donovan said. 

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, told Sun-Times media that the cemetery is home to about 500 Muslim graves. 

In a press release, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that, "staff attorneys are following up on the case with the mayor of Evergreen Park, the Cook County state attorney and the FBI."

Updated: Aug. 17, 2:22 p.m. 

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Sandra Trzeciak August 17, 2012 at 06:35 PM
It is not called "Evergreen Park Cemetary" it is "Evergreen Cemetary" and it is privately owned (for profit)
Jim Vondracek August 17, 2012 at 06:46 PM
We should all stand against this sort of bigotry and hate-mongering.
Dan Lambert August 17, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Thanks, Sandra. We we made the correction.
Sandra Trzeciak August 19, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Gloria- of course all bigotry and prejudice is WRONG- I stated that the correct name of the cemetary is "Evergreen Cemetary" not "Evergreen Park Cemetary" because I don't think the community should be identifeid with this and perhaps the Village be held responsible. I stated the cemetary is privately owned because a very large area is not fenced and no graves are really protected.


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