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Emmett Till memorial found with bullet holes

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MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) -

The sign marking the site where Emmett Till's body was found is now riddled with bullet holes.

The defacing of the memorial, located in Tallahatchie County, drew notice Oct. 15, when Facebook user Kevin Wilson Jr. posted an image of the damage to the marker of the site where the 14-year-old Till, accused of whistling at a white woman, was killed.

"Clear evidence that we’ve still got a long way to go," he wrote.

The vandalism of the memorial prompted some African-American leaders in Tallahatchie County to consider that work toward racial tolerance isn't done.

"This child died in 1955 and people still have so much hatred," Robert E. Huddleston, a state representative from the area and member of the local chapter of the NAACP, told ABC News. "Why do they feel the need to keep on killing him again and again?"

The sign has been vandalized before, the first time in 2008, but no arrests have been made, according to WJTV.

The Chicago teenager had been visiting his uncle in Money, Mississippi, and was kidnapped by J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant three days after he had whistled at Bryant's wife at their grocery store. 

They were acquitted by an all-white jury.

The Emmett Till Memorial Commission erected eight signs, including one by the spot where he was found.

ABC News reached out to the Tallahatchie County Sheriff's Office for information about any investigation into the vandalism but did not immediately receive a response.

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