CAMPTON HILLS – Family members gathering at Garfield Cemetery to mark the three-year anniversary of Batavia teenager Quincee Miller found her grave monument in ruins this week.
Miller was 15 years old when she took her own life on Oct. 20, 2010. She had been bullied. Family members since have become strong advocates in the fight against bullying and teen suicide.
A cousin, Shawn Murphy, said family members were upset over the incident and filed a police report. They are hoping for answers. Family photos of what the monument looked like while it was standing show it was a large, prominent salute to Quincee Miller.
Campton Hills Police Chief Dan Hoffman said he was investigating whether what happened was accidental.
"Somebody backed over a three-piece headstone," Hoffman said, adding that "the top of the headstone was found lying near the fence line."
Murphy said an aunt found the monument destroyed. He said there are pictures from friends who visited Sunday showing that the monument still was up and intact at some point during that day.
"It almost looks like somebody came after it, and that's the most disheartening thing of all," Murphy said. "It doesn't look like it's an accident."
Murphy said that Quincee's mother, Blythe Miller, is out of state, as the anniversary of the death is too painful for some. Murphy said that Blythe Miller "doesn't want to believe" it was done on purpose.
"She wants to believe that it is 100 percent an accident," he said.
Murphy said there is a drive to help raise the $2,000 necessary to rebuild the monument, which is available online at www.gofundme.com/4xxhng?forcedesktop=1#. That effort, launched by Haleigh Nesbitt, had raised $644 by 11:30 a.m. Thursday.