Checkey Beckford, NBC New York, August 30, 2017
A statue of celebrated explorer Christopher Columbus was found beheaded in a Yonkers park.
Lifelong resident Pat Gamberdella said he called police when he noticed the head of the statue torn off.
The head to the bronze-colored statue was found discarded next to a plastic bag in Columbus Memorial Park, a mile north of the Bronx.
“We can’t just desecrate a monument to them just because you don’t like what they did,” Gamberdella said.
One woman believes the statue should have been removed. However, she doesn’t believe it should have been done by vandals.
“I think it should be taken down, but I don’t think going about it and defacing it is the way to do it,” Chantel Cleckley said.