A week ago family and friends of Brayden Gale gathered at Chemainus Lake to dedicate a memorial to the 22-year old.
Last Friday, they stood near the same place they had in November on the tragic day they learned Gale had drowned.
His stepather spoke that night, his words posted on social media.
“Chemainus Lake is a place of beauty, but now it is also a place of remembrance,” he said.
Gale’s mother wrote “After months and months of planning, a vision became a reality today!”
“I am so pleased that we were able to honour Brayden Gale, and that his memory will stay with us for years to come.”
But now police say vandals defaced the memorial soon after, covering it in paint.
“Sometime over the weekend, August 13-14, the memorial was painted over,” said North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.
“North Cowichan Parks and Recreation workers discovered the vandalism and set to work to remove it.”
Thankfully, they were successful and the memorial has been restored.
Still, police want to identify the vandals and need help from the community.
“I can’t imagine how disheartening this must be for Brayden’s family and friends,” said Cpl. Krista Hobday.
They’re asking anyone with any information to contact the RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Photos: Facebook/The Legacy of Brayden Gale