FAIRFAX, Va. — Police in are investigating vandalism of a monument to Confederate soldiers in a northern Virginia cemetery.

Officials from the City of Fairfax say the base of a monument in the city-owned cemetery was splashed with white paint. The paint has been removed.

The vandalism is under investigation, and Fairfax Mayor David Meyer issued a statement saying that vandalizing graves is unacceptable and does not reflect community values.

The cemetery was established by a private group in 1866, primarily as a resting place for Confederate soldiers.

Numerous Confederate monuments and statues throughout the South have been targets for vandals in recent weeks.

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