San Angelo 9/11 memorial destroyed, World Trade Center steel stolen
SAN ANGELO - San Angelo police are looking for the person(s) who destroyed the city's 9/11 monument and stole a piece of steel that came from the World Trade Center.
The monument, located near Celebration Bridge on the Concho River and below the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, was destroyed over the weekend.
Officer Tracy Gonzalez received a call about the vandalism Monday morning. She told KTXS the theft left her puzzled.
"I personally want to know why they chose this location," Gonzales said. "Was it because they were unaware of what the monument was or what it stood for?"
The monument was dedicated on September 8, 2003 in memory of those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks.
One of the thousands of victims was Judy Rowlett, the longtime San Angelo resident, who died in the World Trade Center.
"The [monument] stands for the American person and any patriot regardless of race or religion," Gonzalez said. "What 9/11 did to America that day and what that monument symbolizes … who would [vandalize] that, who would do something like that?"
Police call it "a disgraceful act." They believe someone attending one of several community events may have witnessed the incident.
They are asking anyone with information about this crime to call them at (325) 481-2718. You can also submit an anonymous tip via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777, or by calling the 24 Hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247.