The family of a young Australian boy who died in a car crash is distraught after his memorial cross was removed and replaced with a nasty message.
Stephen died in 1996, aged 12. He was struck by a car at the intersection of Murdoch Dr and Mandurah Rd, south of Perth, reports Yahoo News.
His memorial cross has been in place for almost 23 years. But on Tuesday, Stephen's sister Justyn posted on Facebook to share the family's loss.
"Some low life has stolen Stephen's cross... not only did they have to dig the concrete out, but they left us a little note!" she wrote
The "note", written on a plank of wood reads "This is not a 'cemetery.' NO CROSSES."
Justyn said the theft has left her family "shattered."
"It was a great shock for our grandmother to find it missing yesterday."
Commenters have spoken out in support for the family, and are furious at the person who stole the memorial.
"This is shameful. So sorry to hear this," writes one.
"That's lower than a snake's belly," wrote another.
"Such a hateful act. I hope you get the cross back so you can return it to its rightful place."
The post has received over 300 shares, and 266 comments.