The disrespect and desecration of a deceased’s grave is wrong and sacrilegious in itself. For the fiends to have used the skull of a deceased 11-year-old child as a damn bong for drug usage is beyond depraved. Then again, it was the remains of a little black child so why should the racists who committed this atrocity give a damn about the sacred remains of this child? Today, the remains the 11-year-old child were laid to rest—-again—- in Humble Negro Cemetery
that holds the remains of black war veterans and their relatives. Last March the peace of this cemetery, built during segregation when even in death black bodies were segregated from white bodies, holds the remains of black men who proudly served their country, graves, many of which, date back to the 19TH Century.
Two men (including a minor) have been charged with abuse of a copse. They dug up the grave of 11-year-old Willie Simms (a black child who was buried in this neglected cemetery, in 1921.)
Here is a May 9, 2008 report on this story:
THREE TEXAS TEENAGERS CHARGED FOR DIGGING UP SKULL FOR POT ‘BONG’
POSTED: 10:47 am CDT May 9, 2008
UPDATED: 11:28 am CDT May 9, 2008
HOUSTON — Three teenagers are accused by Houston police of digging up a grave, removing a skull and using it to smoke marijuana.
Houston police said Thursday 17-year-olds Kevin Wade Jones and Matthew Richard Gonzalez, and a 16-year-old, dug up the grave with shovels, removed the skull from the coffin and converted it into a “bong.”
Jones and Gonzalez were arrested Wednesday night and have been charged with misdemeanor abuse of a corpse, officials said. The 16-year-old was referred to the Harris County juvenile justice system. Investigators said another person may be involved.
Houston police said they initially interviewed Jones about the use of a stolen debit card when Jones told them about the grave theft. Asked why Jones would volunteer such a story, Sgt. John Chomiak said, “We can only speculate and guess to what goes on in the criminal mind.”
Gonzalez confirmed the story to investigators in a follow-up interview. Police were led to a heavily wooded site, where they found a knocked-over headstone and water-filled hole more than 4 feet deep. At the time, the muddy water prevented police from seeing if the coffin had been disturbed.
“They dug into this gravesite and that was enough to warrant the abuse of corpse charge,” Chomiak said. “There has to be further investigation into the actual gravesite.”
Police said they do not know where the skull is.
A man named Willie Simms was buried in the grave, according to court documents. Chomiak said that Simms’ next-of-kin had not been notified.
Residents in the area knew of the cemetery’s existence, it did not appear to be maintained.
Preliminary reports indicated it was a 19th-century “veterans” cemetery, he said.
All of the teenagers live in Kingwood and are home-schooled, officials said.
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The following is a recent report from KHOU Channel 11 News:
BODY OF BOY DUG UP FOR A ‘BONG’ GIVEN A NEW ‘LIFE OF JOY AND PEACE’
08:42 PM CDT on Saturday, May 17, 2008
HUMBLE — Members of a Humble-area church gathered at a neglected cemetery Saturday hoping to give Willie Simms peace at last.
As members sang Amazing Grace, one could not help but notice how the peace of the burial ground hovers in the trees.
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found,” the chorus sang out.
A piece of its history was almost stolen, but for the members of Grace Church who gathered to rebury the body of an 11-year-old who died almost 90 years ago, what was once lost was indeed found. In more ways than the physical.
Few members of the church knew of the cemetery that sat mostly untouched for more than a century, until a group of teenage boys admitted to digging up Simms’ grave, decapitating the head and using he skull to smoke marijuana.
The boys’ actions were a wrong so great, Rick Baker worried it would not be righted.
“I know I am not blog kin, but I am still his brother,” said Baker.
Simms must have a lot of kin like Baker, because dozens of people turned out for his reburial on Saturday. More are expected Memorial Day weekend for a massive clean up of the cemetery along FM 1960.
Some of the clean up began this weekend as members of Grace Church started out at 8 a.m. mowing and restoring portions of the historical cemetery. Members of the church said the crime of Simm’s grave desecration has proven to them that the beauty of a place cannot be robbed.
Among those joining in the effort this weekend was Deirdre Taylor, who came to try to figure out who exactly is laid to rest in the cemetery.
On Saturday she got a little help. Johnnie McKnight Langston and her cousin came to the cemetery, where two uncles are buried along with a grandfather and Langston’s mother
A path now cleared, the women walked to their ancestors’ graves. A journey made possible in large part to Willie Simms.
“His influence today is much greater than it has ever been,” was part of the prayer recited at the reburial.
With that, Willie Simms was laid to rest again. He has done enough here.
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Some people have stated that as punishment these people who disturbed little Willie Simms’s place of rest should be ordered to clean up the cemetery site for their crime.
That to me would be too lenient a form of punishment.