Broward County

They stole teddy bears and other mementos from a memorial at Douglas High, police say

Michael Kennedy and Kara M. O’Neil
Michael Kennedy and Kara M. O’Neil Broward Sheriff’s Office

A convicted burglar, drug delivery man and domestic violence batterer now is accused of stealing from a memorial to the 17 people gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.

Michael Kennedy, 37, and Kara O’Neil, 40, were arrested at the school Sunday at 10:20 p.m. Each remains in Broward County Jail on $1,000 bond on one count of removing or disfiguring a tomb or monument.

“Several items from the memorial were in the defendant’s rear seat, including teddy bears, plaques and pin wheels,” the arrest report from Broward Sheriff’s Office stated.

At his bond hearing Monday, Herald news partner CBS4 reported, Kennedy disagreed that the mass of photos, personal signs, mementos and flowers outside the Parkland school should be considered a monument.

Neither Kennedy nor O’Neil have a true listed residence. O’Neil listed a Dania Beach antiques store as her address. For the past 15 years, court records have listed one homeless shelter or another as Kennedy’s address between jail stays for the aforementioned crimes.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal