HOLMDEL - People are calling the destruction of a cemetery in Holmdel immoral and sacrilegious.

The historic cemetery had 59 headstones, and now only a pile of broken grave markers remain. Some call it a hate crime, saying that those who altered the gravestones should face criminal charges for desecration.

Terence Wall lives in the nearby community of Beau Ridge. He says he's outraged that the board of his condominium association hired a company to remove the gravestones without notifying all residents.

The property is owned by the Hendrickson family, who are descendants of those buried there. Stewart Bruder, the former board president, says the headstones were crumbling and posed safety concerns.

Police say a man who claims to be the president of the Hendrickson Family Association may pursue a civil suit against Beau Ridge.