14-year-old arrested for destroying a memorial to fallen Navy SEAL

Jake Hughes
July 20, 2018 - 6:32 am

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Local police in Long Island, NY, arrested a 14-year-old male charged with destroying the memorial for a fallen Navy SEAL.

Police say the monument belonged to Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, a Navy SEAL and native of Patchogue, NY. The young man was charged with Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree. 

According to Newsday, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said in a written statement that the police were, "investigating the recent act of vandalism that took place at Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park in Lake Ronkonkoma."

Murphy’s father, Daniel Murphy, told Newsday that his family is heartbroken by the act of vandalism.

“There were so many from the community who volunteered their labor, time and money to build Serenity Plaza. It’s unfortunate that some devalue the service and sacrifice of our Veterans and Fallen Heroes . . . through damage to a monument,” he said.

The damage was discovered by local resident Matt Balkam. Balkam said he saw a picture of the damage on social media and had to see for himself. "To me it looked like either they took a brick or some sort of a hammer to it,'" he said. “It's wrong on every level.”