By Associated Press - Monday, August 24, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts park named in honor of two police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty has been vandalized with anti-police graffiti.

Retired Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney told that he cried Sunday when he saw that someone spray painted anti-police acronyms on the memorial at Beauregard & Schiavina Memorial Park in Springfield.

“This was a serene place and this had to be done by a horrible character who hates police,” Delaney said.

Officers Michael Schiavina and Alain Beauregard were shot by an 18-year-old man during a routine traffic stop in 1985. Schiavina, 28, died shortly after surgery, and Beauregard, 29, died several days later. Their assailant killed himself several days later.

Beauregard’s widow, Doris Beauregard-Shecrallah, said she was devastated when Delaney told her about the graffiti.

“I’m still crying about it,” she said. “We have to find a way to solve this anger, this madness. What are we doing to our world? What are we teaching our kids?”

The graffiti comes at a time of heightened tension and protest following the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer.

Police are investigating the graffiti.

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