Published: May 21, 2013 1:13 PM EDT

Bonita Springs, FL- Lee county sheriff's deputies are investigating a vandalism that happened between May 14-17 at St. Leo the Great Catholic church on Beaumont road.

It appears someone used a hammer several times to damage the center stone of a memorial on the north side of the Perish Life Center. The large stone once read "In loving memory of the Benito Sousa Families." Now the engraved writing is no longer visible. The vandals smashed another brick just above the stone.

The man overseeing the memorial project says the damaged stone is worth $200.