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Vandals hit a monument to a local soldier who was killed in action

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By: Melissa Randall

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He died in the War on Terror, but now someone is damaging a monument to a local solider. His sister is pleading for the vandalism to stop.

Kelsey Powers of Taunton sits at the memorial to the Global War on Terrorism when she wants to remember her brother, Sgt. Shane Duffy. His likeness etched into the granite.

"Every time I come down here I can see Shane's face. Here with me, not only on the monument," said Powers.

The 22–year–old was killed in 2008 when his unit was attacked by enemy forces. He is the only Taunton soldier who gave his life in operation Iraqi Freedom, and now another blow to the family. Vandals have damaged the monument by scratching circle after circle into the stone.

"It's just extremely disrespectful veterans everywhere. Not only Shane, but all of the veterans," said Powers.

Memorial committee chairman Bill Egan served in two tours over sea's himself. One in Afghanistan, and one in Iraq. Egan was notified of the damage three weeks ago. He isn't 100% sure how it happened, but one theory is that vandals used a soda can.

"We think it's an isolated incident," said Egan.  "It could be kids just coming by and being a little reckless."

The memorial committee took out a maintenance plan on the monument when they purchased it. The plan will cover the costs needed to fix it. Egan says the committee is also looking into installing a security system.

"Powers I'm hoping people might realize that wasn't the right thing, and stop," said Powers.

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