Cemetery in Colonial Heights littered with trash

The Tri-Cities

Families in Colonial Heights are heartbroken over the poor conditions where their loved ones are buried.

Michael Tye strolls through the Mount Minnis Memorial Park every now and then to visit his mother’s gravesite. 

She was buried at the cemetery in 2011. 

“Seems like only yesterday,” Tye told 8News. 

A recent visit bothered Tye.

“Way over through there, yes, this trash has been here for awhile.” 

There are piles of tires, mattresses and debris scattered throughout the cemetery. 

“People are dumbing a lot of trash up here and I feel sorry. It’s bad that my mom is buried here but I also feel sorry for the people who live out through here,” Tye told 8News. 

Fatima Jones lives nearby and spoke to 8News about the amount of trash at the cemetery. 

“Cold-hearted, cold-hearted,” Jones said. 

Jones’ family and friends are buried at Mount Minnis. 

“If they going to bring it out here, they don’t know anything about respect.” 

Jones says the owner usually does a fine job keeping the cemetery clearn, but the junk keeps piling up.

Groundskeepers installed cameras in hopes of catching the culprits. 

The owner of the cemetery told 8News that if the responsible parties are found he plans on pressing charges. 

Tye tells 8News that the trash becomes to be too much to look at.

“I usually try to pick up a lot of stuff, because I believe in doing my part.” 

Visitors of the cemetery are sending a strong message to the responsible people, asking them to find somewhere else to dump their trash. 

Jones told 8News that “a fence and a gate” would be best way to prevent the littering to continue.

The owner says he plans to have the tires removed from Mount Minnis Memorial Park on Friday. 

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