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Marine vet offers to mentor teen who was charged with vandalism of Vietnam monument

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Kit Sanders, a Marine veteran and member of the Teufelshunde motorcycle club offers to mentor the teen arrested for the vandalism of a Vietnam War monument. Sanders photo: Facebook, King photo: Anderson County police.

Nineteen-year-old Tyler Blake King admitted on Wednesday to spray painting his graffiti tag “Slim T” on the Equinox Park Vietnam War memorial in Anderson, which took place between January 10 and January 15.

Anderson County deputies arrested King on vandalism charges, holding the young man on a $4,000 bond. He currently remains in jail for his crimes.

According to WYFF4, a local USMC veteran had posted on his Facebook page before King was arrested, saying he wanted to help the young man.

“Marines help the weak when no one else will,” veteran and lifelong Anderson resident Kit Sanders posted. “I sincerely would like to help this kid. So, hands off … I know his full name and his family. I have known this from the start. So, stand down, and let’s see if we can save this lost soul.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Eric Tilstra from A World of Difference Carpet Cleaning company dedicated an hour of his time to clean up the memorial, offering to do the task at no cost to anyone.

“It’s an hour of my time, but these guys here gave their lives,” Tilstra said.

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