- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Vandals have damaged the eternal flame honoring fallen officers at New Orleans cemetery.

Officials had no immediate estimate of the cost of the damage, but the vandals pried off and destroyed the metal vessel housing the gas-powered flame.

Matt Patin, executive director of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Officer Memorial, told multiple news outlets the eternal flame was the centerpiece of the memorial.

Patin said it was unclear when the vandals damaged the memorial over the weekend at the Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery.

He says the flame’s housing could not have been pried off easily or quickly.

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