By Jim Smith

WEST ROXBURY (CBS) – There is shock and pain at St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury after several gravestones were toppled. Ken Martin made the discovery during a Sunday morning walk.

Gravestones were toppled at St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury. (WBZ-TV)

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“Walking through the cemetery this morning, and I was walking by a guy who I knew growing up’s grave, and I noticed it was toppled over. Thought maybe a plow hit it, but then I took a look and clearly there was no blade marks or track marks. So I thought that was unusual, so as I started walking, I started noticing more and more gravestones toppled over, and then we came upon this, where I think seven or eight of them are toppled,” Martin said.

Gravestones were toppled at St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury. (WBZ-TV)

Boston police say they are investigating the crime and that one person witnessed somebody tipping over the stones.

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“It’s sacred ground,” Martin said. “It’s one of the oldest cemeteries in the area.”

Gravestones were toppled at St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury. (WBZ-TV)

The cemetery is more than 130 years old and is one of the oldest cemeteries in New England.

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“Whoever did this – and I assume kids – when they wake up when they’re adults they’re gonna feel bad they did this,” Martin said. “I hope they come forward.”