Stanford’s Angel of Grief Statue Has Arm Chopped Off By Vandals

The arm, made of fine Italian marble, is worth an estimated $20,000.

Stanford police are trying to nab the vandals who they say cut the arm off a historic statue on campus.

Authorities said vandals cut off the arm of the weeping Angel of Grief, a statue erected by Jane Stanford in 1901 to honor the loss of her brother Henry Clay Lathrop. The arm, crafted of fine Italian marble, was stolen last week from its site in a wooded arboretum.

Stanford police are asking for the public's help with information about the missing arm, which is valued at nearly $20,000.

The statue is a replica of a piece admired in a Roman cemetery by Jane Stanford, who founded the university with her husband Leland Sr.

The arm has been met with problems before. It was damaged in the 1906 earthquake and stolen in the 1990s. It was last restored in 2001.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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