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Vandals who desecrated Longmont cemetery issue apology

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Mountain View Cemetery in Longmont was vandalized by 7 individuals in July 2013.

Mountain View Cemetery in Longmont was vandalized by 7 individuals in July 2013.

LONGMONT, Colo. — It’s been nearly a year since headstones in a Longmont’s Mountain View Cemetery were vandalized, but there were new developments in the story this week.

Five of the six vandals who have admitted to desecrating the headstones have come forward and apologized for the crime online. They range in age from 14 to 21.

In the letter, the anonymous vandals apologized to the community of Longmont, with one saying “it pains me to even think that I was a part of this disgusting work.”

The apology letters were part of an alternative to criminal charges.

The vandalism, which occurred last July, is especially tough on the community this weekend, because for the first time in 100 years, Longmont’s Civil War statue will be missing from a Memorial Day ceremony.

Police are still looking for a seventh suspect that was involved in the vandalism, identified as John Heston, 19, who is wanted on a warrant for felony criminal mischief, Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur confirmed.