Michael Brown Memorial Tree Cut in Half

Michael Brown Memorial Tree Cut in Half

This undated photo provided by the Brown family shows Michael Brown. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Brown suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or when his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Brown Family, File)
This undated photo provided by the Brown family shows Michael Brown. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Brown Family, File)

 

FERGUSON, Mo. (CBS News) – A memorial tree for Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old black man who was killed last summer by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., was found cut in half less than 24 hours after it was dedicated, reports CBS affiliate KMOV.

The tree was dedicated Saturday by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as a “symbol of peace, comfort and hope,” but was found vandalized just hours later, on Sunday morning.

A stone that was placed at the memorial was also missing, according to the station.

The memorial was located along a walking trail in January Wabash Park in Ferguson.

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