Hooligans deface, restore Devin Snyder memorial
Rowdies from Alfred State University defaced the makeshift memorial honoring slain U.S. Army Sergeant Devin Snyder overlooking I-390 near the Dansville exit, this past week. The memorial had been painted on a rock overlooking the roadway, that had been used as public message board for graffiti artist prior to last summer. Then, after Snyder was killed in Afghanistan, a group of her friends painted the remembrance, which included an American flag, a painted likeness of Snyder and the words “RIP Devin Snyder.” This past week, members of the Kappa Sigma Epsilon fraternity painted over the memorial with black paint and their letters and slogans.
Then, in a bizarre turn of events, fraternity brothers from the same organization that defaced the memorial returned to the rock to attempt to restore the mural. Sheriff John York happened upon the youths while they were working on the restoration project and described them as “remorseful.”
State Police did arrest between twelve and twenty fraternity members and tickets were issued for walking on the restricted access highway and illegally painting a guard rail. Fraternity members also allegedly applied paint to the surface of the road itself.
Chilly today with a high around 47 and a 90 percent chance of rain. Tonight, a slight chance of rain with a low around 35.