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Roadside memorial for victims killed in drunk driving accident vandalized

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In the place of one heinous crime is another. Someone has desecrated roadside memorials for victims of drunk drivers in Northwest Austin.

Four young friends went out to see a movie. One couple married was with two small children at home. The other couple was dating.

They were likely laughing and talking on their way home Memorial Day of 2002, when police say a woman, under the influence of drugs and alcohol, hit them head on.

Donald Cox and his wife Colleen of Round Rock and Gareth Davies and girlfriend Jocelyn Diaz have been gone for ten years now.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving installed four crosses near the scene in their memories. There's hardly anything left of them.

According to the Diaz family, several weeks ago they visited the site and found that two of the crosses appeared to have been cut. Then, on Wednesday when a MADD employee went to re-install the broken crosses, she found the other two more damaged.

For the past 12 years George Walker has donated his time and money to make the crosses for the grieving families.

"I wish I never had to do another one of these. You know, I wish there was not the need to make them," said Walker.

FOX 7 showed him photos of the memorial.

"Looks like vandalism," Walker said. "If a car hit them, it would've completely knocked them over it's hard to say."

Whatever happened, someone left the families to pick up the pieces.

"I just don't understand how anyone could desecrate a cross," Walker said. "I think if anyone knows what happened to those crosses, they should come forward."

Mothers Against Drunk Driving can be reached at 512-445-4976. Employees are working to install new crosses for the victims very soon.

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