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Vandalism at the Congressional Medal of Honor

Joshua Miner Joshua Miner

Linsey Davis/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis, April 12 - Eighteen-year-old Joshua Miner left court without comment or explanation Tuesday morning. But ultimately, just like the memorial at the downtown Indianapolis canal and the hundreds of hearts that saw it, his silence will be broken.

"That's why we have a judicial system and I think it will be a fair process," says memorial designer Eric Fulford.

Until the roughly $10,000 repair is made, there are no longer 3,460 Medal of Honor recipients listed at the canal, and police say its because of Miner.

He has been charged with criminal mischief for allegedly breaking the glass panel at the Congressional Medal of Honor Monument two weeks ago.

Fulford adds, "We do our job, which is to design a memorial and try to take into account that vandalism could occur and how we can set up a memorial in such a way it can be repaired somewhat quickly. That's part of the reason there are so many panels there."

Police say Miner told them he threw a handful of rocks at the monument then "freaked out" when it shattered.

"You'd really have to be directed to break a glass panel," says Fulford. "It's quite a strong piece of glass. It will break cause glass does break, but you'd really have to apply some force and you'd really have to be intending on trying to do damage."

Clearly intentional, graffiti was spray painted around the monument the same night. Police believe the cases are unrelated and hope to have more suspects in a Marion County courtroom soon.

Indianapolis Power and Light Company received $12,000 in contributions to repair the monument. The company estimates it will be fixed in about three weeks, some time before Memorial Day.

Miner is scheduled to appear in court on the morning of May 17 for his initial hearing.

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