PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A wave of sadness swept over Mary Austin as she knelt by her daughters grave at Machpelah Cemetery in Pascagoula. Tiffany Nicole Bridgman, 22, died one year ago in a traffic accident.
Saturday, family members came to her grave to place flowers and grieve. Monday morning, Mary came again and saw something terrible.
The grave was defiled. Red paint covered the tombstone and Bridgman's picture, a ceramic bible was covered in green paint and flowers were scattered about. Austin was stunned.
"I'm overwhelmed. I don't know what to say. I'm overwhelmed by the whole situation. I just can't believe that someone would do this," said Austin.
Bridgman's aunt, Brenda Spivey, is also dismayed.
"This is silly, this is very silly, and we just don't understand why. She's gone. Why," Spivey questioned.
She added that whoever did this is lacking something.
"This has to be a person who has no knowledge of God or the church, because you do not desecrate the grave. You don't do that. That's a sin against God," said Spivey.
You've already heard about the emotional toll this has taken on family members, the shock and the pain they're feeling, but some other family members are feeling something else.
Kiara Bridgman is Tiffany's sister.
"My first thoughts were anger, because it's disrespectful, it's evil and she's been gone a year Saturday, so she couldn't have done anything to anyone for them to do her grave site like this. It's all we have left. We've been ripped of everything," Kiara said.
Then, a final question from Austin.
"How could you do this? How could you look yourself in the face in the morning, knowing that you've done this? How would you feel if someone did it to one of your family members," said Austin.
Family members are asking if you have any information about this act of vandalism. If you have information, call the Pascagoula Police Department at 228-762-2211.