Mt. Carmel Cemetery / Photo: Diocese of El Paso
The Diocese of El Paso says a photo making the rounds on social media appearing to show graves at a Lower Valley cemetery damaged due to a vehicle ‘running them over’ is false
“The photo, put on a local Facebook page in the last 12 hours and claims to show damage left by someone who allegedly drove over graves at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. It’s false,” read a post placed on the Diocese’s own Facebook page.
According to officials, the ruts left in the cemetery were made from the heavy tractors that are used at the property which dig the graves.
The online post goes on to state, “The recent rains and snow we’ve had made the ground soft and when the tractors went through, they left the dirt like this. As for the headstone and flowers which are in disarray, those were moved to make room for the tractor which was on its way to an established grave site for a new burial. The headstone and flowers were put back in their normal spot soon after the tractor went through.
Officials added that, “At no time has the cemetery suffered damage or have graves been disturbed. Business operates as usual at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. We hope the original post did not worry families unnecessarily.”