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Bridge collapse memorial sign vandalized

Posted: August 3, 2011 - 8:36pm
Spectators looked Wednesday at damage to the newlyopened Interstate 35W bridge memorial in Minneapolis, that was vandalized by someone who pulled off letters from the wall.
Spectators looked Wednesday at damage to the newlyopened Interstate 35W bridge memorial in Minneapolis, that was vandalized by someone who pulled off letters from the wall.

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis city officials said Wednesday they believe someone vandalized a brand-new memorial to the victims and survivors of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse.

About two dozen stainless steel letters were found to be torn from the Remembrance Garden memorial, which was just dedicated Monday — the fourth anniversary of the collapse that killed 13 people and injured 145 others. 

Mayor R.T. Rybak said the city believes the letters were intentionally removed. 

“A single act is not going to erase the hundreds of thousands of acts of compassion and support this community has shown,” Rybak said. “A single act of stupidity does not cover an entire community’s compassionate response.”

After the damage was discovered, the contractor