Headless Roosters Left On Graves In South Charlotte Cemetery
CHARLOTTE, NC- It's a graveyard mystery in South Charlotte. According to a police report, someone left decapitated roosters on head stones in York Memorial Park.
"You feel sorry for the families that that's happening to their grave stones. That's just not right," said Brandy Nunn, a South Charlotte resident.
Nunn's neighborhood backs up to the cemetery where the roosters were left sometime between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.
"There are a lot of families around here and that's just so frightening to know something like that is going on within feet of your house," said Nunn.
"When you come home from work and you shut the doors, you sort of don't know what's going on out here," said Dianne Poston, a South Charlotte resident.
Poston has lived in the neighborhood for 50 years. She says she's heard of vandalism at cemeteries, but never something so bizarre.
"God only knows what they're really doing with cutting heads off. What are they really messing with over there?,” said Nunn.
According to the police report, the headless animals appear to be part of a ritual.
Ritualistic experts say the roosters could be part of voodoo or Santeria - a Caribbean religion that combines customs from West Africa and Roman Catholicism.
"You wonder what they're practicing and if it will get any worse than what it is," said Poston.
The person who spotted the dead roosters and reported them to police says whoever is doing this keeps coming back -- now on their third gruesome visit.
Police don't have a suspect.
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