IMMOKALEE – Friends and family of Julian Keen are in disbelief after a memorial bench made in his memory was stolen from his grave site in Immokalee. Keen is buried at the Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
The bench was placed at Keen’s grave so visitors would have a place to sit when they went to visit their friend.
In pictures taken by cemetery security cameras, the bench was there on Sept. 13. But in a picture taken the following day, the bench is gone.
Collier County officials and groundskeepers at the cemetery were contacted to see it they had moved the bench, but officials said they didn’t move it. Apparently, it was stolen.
“That bench just means a lot and for someone to take it, it’s unthinkable really,” said Keen’s friend Charlie Barnes.