Update: New England Holocaust memorial is vandalized, again

  • A passerby, left, and a law enforcement official, right, stand near broken glass at the New England Holocaust Memorial on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Boston. Police say a person is in custody for allegedly vandalizing the memorial. AP Photo/Steven Senne

  • Broken glass lies on the ground near police tape at the New England Holocaust Memorial, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Boston. AP Photo/Steven Senne

Published: 8/15/2017 9:21:58 AM

BOSTON (AP) — A 17-year-old boy accused of vandalizing the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston has been arraigned and released on his own recognizance.

The Suffolk County prosecutor says the Malden teenager appeared in juvenile court today. He was ordered to stay away from the memorial and follow mental health guidance.

The teen is accused of smashing a glass panel on the memorial Monday evening. Police say the boy was detained by two bystanders until police arrived. He was charged with willful and malicious destruction of property.

It was the second time the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston has been vandalized this summer.

In June, police said James Isaac used a rock to shatter a roughly 9-foot-tall glass panel on one of the memorial’s six 54-foot-high towers. Isaac has pleaded not guilty to vandalism charges.

The six glass towers are lit internally and etched with millions of numbers that represent tattoos on the arms of many Jews sent to Nazi death camps.

The repaired memorial was rededicated in July.

The Jewish Community Relations Council and Combined Jewish Philanthropies released a statement late Monday night saying that they are “appalled and saddened” by the latest vandalism.

“We will remain resilient and will have a timeline for rebuilding the memorial once we have assessed the damage,” the statement said.

Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh wrote on Twitter that he was “saddened to see such a despicable action.” He thanked the public and Boston police for the “quick arrest” of a suspect.

Note: This story was updated at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15.


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