Crash causes damage at south San Antonio cemetery

Man looks for answers after crash damages parents' headstone

SAN ANTONIO - A local man is distraught and looking for answers after his parents' headstone was damaged in a mysterious overnight crash at a South Side cemetery.

Harry Perez headed down Mission Road to Stinson Field ready to fly this weekend, but those plans grounded by a disturbing sight along the way.

"Had the shock of my life this morning," said Perez. "It apparently happened last night."

Perez saw damage to Mission Park Cemetery and even worse, to the headstone of his parents, Lieutenant Colonel Jose Perez and wife Sara.

"It's sad. I get sad because this is a mess and this shouldn't happen," said Perez. "They desecrated the site and didn't take responsibility."

Perez said his father had a lifelong love of aviation that they shared, often traveling to Stinson to fly together, the main reason his father is buried by the airport instead of a military cemetery.

"I'm a pilot as well so we had a lot of commonality in the things we did," said Perez. "We did a lot of those things together."

Police believe the crash happened Saturday night and found little evidence other than tire tracks and scattered parts. Walking through the damage, Perez hopes those responsible come forward.

"It's an inconsiderate individual who took it upon himself to do whatever and created this misfortune," Perez said.

Perez said he was told there were two sets of tire tracks, possibly a sign cars were street racing along Mission Road. He was told by police that because there wasn't a vehicle at the scene when they arrived, a report was not made.

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