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Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn vandalized with vulgar, racist graffiti: NYPD

CYPRESS HILLS, Brooklyn — The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is  investigating after three men were caught on video vandalizing headstones and mausoleums in Cypress Hills Cemetery.

Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, three men entered the cemetery grounds and damaged more than 40 headstones, according to police.

The men knocked over and spray painted derogatory words on the headstones, including anti-Asian and other vulgar remarks, police said.

The three men broke marble stones on around 15 vaults and spray painted derogatory graffiti inside the Memorial Abbey mausoleum, according to police.

The police described the men as being around 16 to 19 years old.

The men were using their phones to take selfies and other photos in the surveillance video, and they may have posted photos and videos to social media.

The incident at the cemetery, located at 833 Jamaica Ave. in Brooklyn, is being investigated by the NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).