Did Someone Vandalize The Grave Of A Young Woman?

January 9, 2012 Updated Jan 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

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January 9, 2012 Updated Jan 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM EDT

Pendleton, N.Y. (WKBW) - Amanda Wienckowski's family is still searching for answers after her brutal death three years ago. Now, her family claims someone has vandalized her grave.

The family filed a police report immediately. According to that report, her gravestone was damaged, solar lights were ripped from the ground and decorations were desecrated and stolen from her grave site in Pendleton.

This comes as her family plans a vigil for her the three-year anniversary of her death. A family friend named "Jim" talked to Channel 7 early Monday morning. "Jim" said that he and Amanda's mother discovered the vandalism around midnight. He said it's difficult enough to remember her horrible death but now someone is tarnishing her memory.

"It's because of the fact that someone is being very vindictive. It's her third anniversary and all that. And someone got stuck out there at point. The tracks are from me but then someone tried to follow my tracks and they made a mess," Amanda's family friend Jim said.

Amanda was found upside down in a trash bin behind a Buffalo church on January 9th 2009. Her death was ruled an accidental drug overdose by the Erie County Medical Examiner. However, her family didn't buy it. They hired a private California medical examiner who recently conducted a new autopsy showing that she died by strangulation and blunt force trauma, calling it a homicide. Despite those results, the Erie County Medical examiner is not changing their conclusions.

Now, the family is holding a vigil for Amanda Monday night at 6 p.m. outside the Erie county Medical Examiner's Office. They want to not only remember the young woman but also protest the Erie County Medical Examiners decision.