Janice Smarr of Americus, Georgia, visits the grave of her son, Nicholas, almost every day. But last week, she noticed it looked a little different.
“There were footprints on the grave, so that was obviously intentional,” Americus Police Chief Mark Scott told The Telegraph.
Nicholas Smarr was just 25 years old when he was gunned down alongside best friend and Georgia Southwestern State University officer Jody Smith. The pair were fatally shot last December when they responded to a domestic violence call and a man, who later took his own life, opened fire on them.
After seeing the footprints on his black granite grave marker in Oak Grove Cemetery, a family member set up a video camera on the site. The camera revealed four photos of four individuals at Smarr’s grave after midnight on Wednesday. Allegedly, the images depict 17-year-old Kaheem D. Chambers spitting and walking on it, according to WALB-TV.
Major Lamar Herman of the Americus Police Department told The Telegraph that Chambers was booked into jail and charged with criminal trespassing.
“I think my son had arrested him before,” Mrs. Smarr told The Telegraph. “It’s just very disrespectful, and he probably did it because he just got out of jail and he was mad at the police.”
Aside from Chambers, three 16-year-old girls were arrested for trespassing, two of whom had previous records. The two who had been charged before are now charged with obstruction of a police officer and curfew violation and were sent to a youth detention center.
“They were all known to officers,” Scott said regarding the suspect. “I just can’t fathom why you would think that would be okay on anybody’s grave.”
Scott said that it is insulting to suggest her anger at the culprits has anything to do with race.
“We didn’t care if they were white, black or Mexican,” she said. “We didn’t want anyone messing with his grave. He already died for the city. He needs to lie in peace.”
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