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82 Year Old Assaulted at Cemetery

MILTON, Del. - An 82-year old man was visiting a deceased loved one at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Milton, when an act of violence shocked the community. He was kneeling down to place flowers at the grave site when a suspect demanded money. That person then started beating the elderly man, and proceeded to steal his wallet. 

The incident happened in broad daylight late Saturday afternoon between 3:30 and 5:00. The victim, whose name has not been released, was brought to Christiana Hospital, and listed in serious but stable condition. Police said the suspect was seen leaving the cemetery towards Union Street and Route 16. 

On Monday, Christina Saez of Milton visited the cemetery to see beloved family members. She wiped dust off the gravestone of her step-mother, before taking a moment to look over another set of remembrances for her brother and sister-in-law. She said she comes to the site often to visit her lost family members.   

"You come here just to speak to them," she said. "Just another time because you miss them so very much." She said Saturday's violent assault was a surprising, yet scary wake-up call for many in the community. 

"Milton is a peaceful place," she said. "I love it. I grew up here. So to hear that an elderly gentleman was beaten here in the cemetery while visiting a loved one is kinda harsh. It's scary. It's very scary." 

Martin Schmidt of Milton, responded to the scene shortly after it happened. He said there were police cars, as well as a chopper searching for the suspect. 

"It's just a heinous crime," he said. "It's one of those things that, you know, the community doesn't want to put up with this. And when something like this happens - the community does coming together." 

Schmidt, who volunteers for Lower Delaware Breaking News, said he posted the photos and got dozens of comments from concerned residents. He said there is a genuine fear throughout the community. Nonetheless, Saez said this violent assault will not stop her from paying her respects to the dead.  

"This won't stop us," she said. "What could stop you from coming to see someone you love. Nothing. It won't stop us." 
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