- Associated Press - Thursday, July 6, 2017

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - Police say vandals caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to the Colorado Freedom Memorial just a day before the Fourth of July.

The Aurora Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/2tQpg2h ) the memorial had one of its glass panels shattered. The panel carries the names of soldiers from Colorado who have died in battle.

Police say they are investigating the incident as possible vandalism.

Colorado Freedom Memorial Board President Rick Crandall believes the damage was deliberate.

Crandell says the panels cost between $50,000 and $55,000, and he is hoping to replace the broken panel as soon as possible.

Crandall says the memorial has insurance but he isn’t sure yet how much will be covered.

A GoFundMe.com page set up this week has already raised more than $6,000 toward a $70,000 goal.

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