Couple Reportedly Steals Teddy Bears From Parkland Shooting Memorial

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Florida police arrested a couple over the weekend for allegedly stealing teddy bears and other remembrances from memorial sites dedicated to the victims of the Parkland shooting.

Broward County Police nabbed Michael Shawn Kennedy and Kara M. O’Neil Sunday for reportedly removing items and disfiguring a monument or tomb, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The two reportedly visited the  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School memorial for those who died during the Valentine’s Day massacre. Witnesses reported seeing the two load up a car with memorabilia from the memorial; when police later found the car, they uncovered various items like pinwheels and plaques.

“The subjects had no permission or authority to remove items and damage the monument for the deceased,” police noted in the official report. “The subjects were at the monument at an unreasonable hour and maliciously intended to damage the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School monument.”

Both suspects are in jail on a $1,000 bond. Kennedy tried to defend himself in court by saying the memorial doesn’t qualify as a tomb or monument.
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