Donated Trees As Memorial To Parents Targeted By Vandals

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Dozens of newly-planted trees, intended to help beautify the North Linden Neighborhood, have become the target of vandals.

Donated crabapple and pear trees were planted in the name of family with the intent of helping lift up an area that's been worn down over time.

John Reiner said his goal was to plant the trees in honor of, and as a memorial for, his parents, Gus and Bertha Reiner.

The couple started the Oakland Nursery in the North Linden neighborhood more than 70 years ago.

Reiner said his vision was for the trees to form a “white cloud going all the way down the street.”

“So we're hopefully going to upgrade the people's homes and add value to the people's homes,” said Reiner.

Reiner said his parents always believed in giving back and, earlier this year, he said he did just that.

“This tree planting should unite all the street and really tie the whole neighborhood together,” said Reiner.

As proud as he was of in his investment, he said he was equally as disappointed to see them destroyed.

“I said, oh my God. Somebody snapped off all our trees,” said Reiner.

Reiner said he planted nearly 100 trees, but vandals tore a dozen of them down.

Since the vandalism, those with Oakland Nursery said they've pulled out all the snapped trees and will replace them by fall.

“That's a lot of money invested, to have someone just destroy it like that.  It's a shame,” said neighbor Terry Bellar.

Bellar tells 10TV he recognizes Reiner’s passion for the neighborhood and the community.

“You're not going to find a whole lot of people who are going to do something like that,” said Bellar.

No word yet as to who vandalized all the trees.