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Muslim grave vandalized again

By Laura Bollin

Despite the recent installation of motion sensor lights and surveillance cameras at Evergreen Cemetery, the grave site of Hassan Abdallah has been vandalized for the second time in two weeks and the seventh time in just more than two years.

The latest incident occurred overnight Aug. 28 to 29, and was discovered by cemetery employees at 7:20 a.m. at the cemetery, 3401 W. 87th St., according to Evergreen Park police Lt. Pete Donovan. Someone wrote graffiti on the grave site’s headstone, an obelisk grave marker and a nearby bench. The graffiti was similar to that in previous vandalism, saying the Muslim prophet Mohammad was gay and had killed people, Donovan said.

The Evergreen Park Police Department is reviewing surveillance footage to see if they can get pictures of the person or people responsible for the graffiti. Police believe the same person or group of people is responsible for the seven incidents. The last incident occurred Aug. 16. The headstone was also defaced three times in 2011 and in May.

The headstone is one of the first visitors see when they enter the Muslim section of the cemetery, which is home to about 500 Muslim graves.