Funeral Home to Replace CHP Officer's Stolen Headstone

A thief took John Pedro's grave maker earlier this month.

A California Highway Patrol officer who died in the line of duty in Santa Cruz County a decade ago will get a new headstone, the CHP reported Wednesday.

John Pedro's grave marker was stolen in early October from the Santa Cruz cemetery where he was laid to rest. The Watsonville High grad was killed in an on-the-job crash in 2002.

"The family who owns the funeral home has graciously offered to replace Officer Pedro's head stone," CHP officer Sarah Jackson reported in an email to Patch. "Because of their generosity, donations are no longer necessary."

The CHP had been collecting funds to replace the headstone, which weighed 150-200 pounds and cost $800.

No arrests have been made.

Always Question October 18, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Someone, somewhere has to notice the headstone in the back of a car, on a patio, somewhere where the lowlifes took it, and you can bet those same lowlifes have bragged about taking it. It is despicable and disgusting that someone or someones would desecrate a grave. They have also caused pain to Officer Pedro's family. These kinds of people need to be reported by their so-called "friends." Think about it, those who know (and there are people out there who know who did it). Would you want your loved one's final resting place treated like that? I don't think so.
Willow October 18, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Did whoever committed this disgusting and criminal act think it was funny or fun? Did they high-five each other when the criminal was done? It makes me sick thinking of those creeps out in the cemetery, digging up the headstone, and (probably) bragging about how they got away with it. They need to be found and held up for public ridicule, whether or not they're juveniles or supposed-adults. I don't know the penalty for defacing a grave, but this kind of thing should have sizeable consequences.
David Housings October 18, 2012 at 04:14 PM
It's stooping pretty low to take a headstone. What kind of sick person or persons would do that? It had to be more than one to lift it and take it to a vehicle. It's not someone anyone could slip into a pocket or carry under an arm and cart off. A vehicle had to be involved. Sick, sick, sick. Those sickos have to be brought to justice. Maybe 90 days of working in a cemetery might make wake them up? On second thought, anyone who did that has no sense whatsover and wouldn't begin to understand the awfulness of what they did.
Kinyl October 18, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Kudos to the funeral home owners. They show sensitivity and compassion. Just the opposite of the vandals who did this.


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