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Vandal destroys 'Walkway of Hope' lights outside YWCA

The lighted path leading to the door of the YWCA was intended to be a symbol of hope for the victims of domestic violence and a remembrance for a former Batavia woman who died recently.

The lights were installed just a week ago.

This weekend, they were all destroyed.

"I personally think it was a malicious, intentional act," said Jeanne Walton, the YWCA executive director. "I think somebody did it to be mean and nasty and to make a statement."

Ever single Malibu light was broken. None remain usable.

"It was a symbolic remembrance of recent murder victim Nicole Sheehan, who had been killed during a domestic dispute," Walton said. "We put in the Walkway of Hope up in her honor."

If anybody has information that may assist in the criminal investigation, Walton asked that they call Batavia PD at (585) 345-6350.

Laura Russell Ricci
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An act of cowardice. I hope some business or individual will step up and help. I know I will be.

Doug Yeomans
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This town has its share of shitheads. How many lights are needed?

Phil Ricci
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Sad, and completely pathetic. Tell us what you need, Jeanne.

Jeff Allen
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Save the lights, perhaps they could be repaired, then inserted into the nether regions of the idiots who did this so that they can light their way as the walk backwards into the jail.

Ed Hartgrove
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It's a good idea, Jeff, but I doubt the vandal's brain can generate enough electricity to run even a single LED bulb - and these appear to be solar-operated lights, and you know what they say about the nether regions (where the sun doesn't shine).

Jason Crater
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You don't have to fix them to insert them...

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