— Mashable (@mashable) April 20, 2015
*A tree planted in memory of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri was vandalized and destroyed the following day, according to a local news channel. A memorial stone placed at the foot of the tree is also missing.
The memorial tree was planted Saturday in January-Wabash Memorial Park by members of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. On Sunday, community members found it destroyed. Another tree featured in a local news report was completely destroyed – just a few meters away from the tree planted in honor of Michael Brown.
Police say they have no idea who desecrated the memorial, Mashable reported.
The original Brown tree has since been replanted elsewhere, while a new tree was planted at the site of the memorial – now with branches slashed off.
“I can’t understand why someone would want to cut down the tree,” one man in the park told St. Louis, Missouri television station KMOV. “What, they want to start something back up again?”