Americus, GA - Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with the vandalism of a fallen officer's grave.
Surveillance video from cameras that Janice Smarr had installed showed the four teens standing, spitting, and walking on the grave of her son Americus Police Officer Nicholas Smarr. She said that she noticed footprints around his grave when she first visited his grave, and she's seen footprints there twice within the past week, according to WSPA.
She turned the video footage over to police, and four teenagers have been arrested since then. Three were three female juveniles, whose names weren't released, and a fourth teenager, Kaheem D. Chambers, age 17.
Two of the females already had previous criminal histories.
Smarr said that the issue is simply "a lack of appreciation for her son's sacrifice." She said, "People need to show respect. Especially for Nick and Jody. I mean, they died heroes, and to us, they will always be heroes."
Americus Police Officer Nicholas Smarr, and Public Safety Officer Jody Smith, of the Southwest University, were murdered while responding to a domestic violence incident at an apartment complex near the university in 2016.
Officer Smarr was 25-years-old, and a Marine Corps veteran. He and PSO Smith had been best friends all of their lives.
All of the teenagers have been charged with trespassing and vandalism. Two of the teens have additionally been charged with obstruction.
There are no answers yet as to why the teens decided to repeatedly gather to vandalize Officer Smarr's grave. The police department investigators are looking into if any of the teens had prior contact with Officer Smarr.