And local political leaders have been quick to come to the aid of the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Wednesday plans to be at the cemetery, and urges anyone to join him in cleaning up the site.
Greitens posted on Facebook, asking those available to meet him at 3 p.m. at 7550 Olive Boulevard, and bring rakes, large garbage cans and garbage bags, work gloves, five-gallon buckets, non-chlorine bleach and wash rags.
St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has offered all possible assistance from St. Louis County to director Anita Feigenbaum and her staff at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery.
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“This senseless desecration cannot be tolerated,” Stenger said. “I have reached out to offer any help that the county can provide. In addition to arresting and punishing those responsible, there will need to be extensive repair work to return the cemetery to the respectful, peaceful state that family members and the community expect.”
Stenger also contacted regional director of the Anti-Defamation League Karen Aroesty to condemn the desecration and offer any possible assistance. Aroesty is a member of the St. Louis County Human Relations Commission.
University City Police held a news conference Tuesday afternoon about the vandalism, and KMOX’s Brett Blume reports that a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to arrest in the cemetery attack.
Chesed Shel Emeth is one of the area’s oldest cemeteries, serving the St. Louis region’s Jewish community for more than 125 years.
All Nations Church in University City is collecting donations and offering to match up to $500 to help repair any damages.
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