Hillary father's gravestone toppled

2015-04-15 20:07
Honoree Hillary Clinton speaks onstage at the RFK Ripple Of Hope Gala at Hilton Hotel in New York. (Mike Coppola, AFP)

Honoree Hillary Clinton speaks onstage at the RFK Ripple Of Hope Gala at Hilton Hotel in New York. (Mike Coppola, AFP)

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New York - The gravestone of Hillary Clinton's late father, Hugh Rodham, has been toppled over in the Pennsylvania cemetery where he was laid to rest, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The stone was tipped over Tuesday morning in the Washburn Street Cemetery, The Scranton Times-Tribune quoted local police chief Carl Graziano as saying.

The tombstone has since been righted.

Clinton, a former secretary of state, first lady and New York senator, announced on Sunday that she was running for president.

It is her second attempt at becoming the first female president of the United States after loosing out to Barack Obama in 2008.

Graziano said it may have been the act of vandals. Cemetery caretaker Paul McCloin told the Times-Tribune that the stone had been secure and intact on Friday.

"I hope this had nothing to do with politics because that's just wrong," the paper quoted him as saying.

Police in the town of Scranton did not immediately return requests to comment from AFP.

Clinton's father, who was born in Scranton, managed a textiles business. He died in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1993, four months after his daughter became US First Lady.

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