Police: Man charged with vandalizing graves still loose

by: Dan Tordjman Updated:


GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - A man charged with vandalized graves at Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery is still on the loose, two days after authorities arrested an alleged accomplice and unidentified minor, who they also believe was involved.

Joshua Kimray, 22, and Michael Fitzgibbons, 25, are charged with felony desecration of a grave.

Kimray and Fitzgibbons were also charged with burglary and larceny in connection with a separate incident.

The two men and the minor were identified after two incidents, one in July and another in August, in which gravestones were found overturned and spray painted with graffiti.

Fitzgibbons was arrested and is being held on $1 million bond. Kimray is not yet in custody.

"It's sad," said Gary Humphries, a Bessemer City man who came to the cemetery Sunday to visit the grave of his former mother-in-law.

"The (suspects) are just kids and maybe they don't realize the big picture," Humphries said. "One day this could be your family or even you. Would you like that kind of stuff done? Think about it. Do the right thing and turn yourself in."