Police are looking for the public’s assistance to identify vandals who painted over a memorial at Chemainus Lake on the weekend of Aug. 13-14.
The memorial to Braydon Gale, the 22-year-old who lost his life last winter in a tragic drowning on the lake, was just unveiled on Aug. 11 in a ceremony attended by friends and family of the young man.
Workers from the Municipality of North Cowichan’s parks and recreation department discovered the vandalism after the weekend and set to work to remove it.
They were successful and the memorial has been restored.
“I can’t imagine how disheartening this must be for Braydon’s family and friends,” said Cpl. Krista Hobday from the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment.
She said the RCMP want to identify the vandals and are asking for help from the community.
If anyone knows who may be responsible for this senseless act, please contact the local RCMP at 250-748-5522, or, alternately, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
People don’t have to reveal their identity to Crime Stoppers.
If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash award.