Barbecue at Wichita cemetery has some upset, situation escalates

WICHITA, Kan. A barbecue in a Wichita cemetery upsets some people, and even escalated to the point that threats are now allegedly being made.

Officials at Greenwood Cemetery say there will be changes.

A cemetery is usually a place to quietly remember loved ones.
A barbecue there in late July disturbed some people who posted it on social media.

A woman fears retaliation if she is identified.

"A couple of us have received threats from people identified in a video….she was threatened with desecration of her daughter and her husband's grave."

The woman we spoke to says she has loved ones buried at the cemetery, and was upset to see the video.

"I heard that a family had a barbecue and set up some canopies out there, and that their dog and children were seen running around taking things off graves."

Howard Wickham with Greenwood Cemetery says deputies were called, and he came that day too.

"Just asked politely by the sheriff's office to respect the other people out here, and respect the properties and everyone is sensitive out here and it's not a place for partying,” said Wickham.

There are 6,000 people buried at Greenwood Cemetery so clearly a place that many come to pay their respects to their loved. The Board of Directors is going to hold a special meeting to see what they can do about rules to stop something like this from happening again.

"We will post some signs for that, sad to say you have to do that for a bunch of loved ones that don't respect one another, but that's what we're going to have to do,” said Wickham.

The unidentified woman told us, “Maybe they even need to have some security cameras which is very sad but because there are all kinds of differing stories about what happened."

We did message a person we're told was at the barbecue, but have not heard back.

Cemetery officials say there was no damage, but other people said there was some.