WACO (October 24, 2013) An angel at Waco’s Oakwood Cemetery has new arms thanks to a Waco sculptor.
Rolando Saenz put the finishing touches on replacement arms for a marble statue of an angel that was damaged by vandals in January.
Saenz was hired by the family of Madison A. Cooper to fix the angel sculpture at Oakwood Cemetery off La Salle Ave.
The process, which required two chunks of marble and brass rods, took Saenz about 100 hours to complete.
The landmark statue has been a landmark in the cemetery since the 1930s at the family plot of Cooper, who was a businessman and the father of “Sironia” author Madison Cooper, Jr. who created the Cooper Foundation.
Relatives contributed to the restoration project after vandals broke the angel's hands and forearms off.
Waco police say the vandals, who caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, have not been identified or arrested.
The cemetery was established in 1878 and has more than 36,000 graves.