CAMPTON HILLS – Shawn Murphy would like whoever is responsible for the destruction of the monument gravestone for his cousin – Quincee Miller – to come forward and explain what happened.
A large headstone stood at Garfield Cemetery in Campton Hills, in tribute to Quincee, a Batavia resident who was 15 years old when she took her own life Oct. 20, 2010.
Sometime soon after the three-year anniversary of her death, which was Sunday, the monument appeared to have been run over, and Campton Hills Police Chief Dan Hoffman has said it appears either to have been an intentional or reckless act.
Anyone with information about the incident may call the Campton Hills Police Department at 630-584-0330.
“I’m hoping for somebody to step up and realize what they did was wrong,” Murphy said Friday.
Quincee had been bullied before her death, and family members since have become active in the fight against bullying and teen suicide. Murphy said he believes whoever is responsible for the monument’s destruction is familiar with the details of Quincee’s ordeal.
“My personal feeling is that whoever did this, they know the situation,” Murphy said. “I have that feeling. It’s a gut feeling.”
Murphy said a family member visiting the cemetery found the monument destroyed.
A large portion of it was resting against a fence, having been knocked off its base. Another portion sat near where tire marks could be seen.
Hoffman on Friday said there were no new details, and the investigation was continuing.
An independent fundraising effort to replace the monument has far exceeded its original goal.
Haleigh Nesbitt, a friend of Quincee’s, launched the effort at www.gofundme.com/, listing a goal of $2,000.
By Friday afternoon, the total raised was at $2,911, and the goal was raised to $5,000.
Murphy said family members were grateful for Nesbitt’s effort, but stressed that they did not ask for it to be done.
Murphy said it isn’t known how much it would cost to replace the monument, and he’s unsure whether the existing monument can be fixed.
The monument had been in place for only a few months before the incident, he said.
Nesbitt, 19, who now lives in Georgia, said she just wanted to help, and she has been surprised at the support.
She said she thought she might be able to bring a $500 check to family members when she visits in November.
“I didn’t expect it to happen in this amount,” Nesbitt said, adding that as far as expressing how she felt about it, “I don’t even know where to begin.”
Nesbitt said she, too, wants to know what happened.
“If it was an accident, if they were drunk driving … if they did a three-point turn and got scared and drove over it, no one is going to be mad,” she said. “If it’s on purpose, then explain why. No one deserves to, after they already passed and were bullied, no one deserves to be even more bullied.”