LOCKPORT, NY - Someone has done the unthinkable. In Niagara County, there was outrage Sunday that someone destroyed a memorial dedicated to a local veteran who fought and died in Iraq.
It was 2009, when Specialist Albert Jex was killed in a suicide bomber's attack on a convoy of Humvees in Iraq.
In his hometown there's memorial bench in his honor.
But someone vandalized it. Jex's mother, Cathy MacFarlane, is out of town and just happened to check Facebook only to find out what happened.
"A friend of mine sent me a photo of the bench after it was destroyed," said MacFarlane. "It was like, oh my goodness. It was like total shock. I can't believe it."
This is a bench she worked hard to get -- for anyone who just needs to take a break. It's also a way to remember her son's sacrifice.