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Pantera Fans Outraged By Supposed Vandalism of Dimebag Darrell's Gravesite

It's an unspoken tradition among metal bands to pay homage to Dimebag Darrell any time they pass through North Texas. The legendary Pantera guitarist's grave is located at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington. Some bands etch their names into the gold-plated memorial honoring Dime's life. Black markers are also sometimes used to tattoo Dime's grave. Whiskey bottles, guitar picks and a cigarette or two are usually left behind by bands and fans paying their respect.

But it emerged over the weekend that one rogue musician took things too far recently in an attempt to desecrate Dime's gravesite, and the metal community responded with predictable displeasure.

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Christian McPhate is an award-winning journalist who specializes in investigative reporting. He covers crime, the environment, business, government and social justice. His work has appeared in several publications, including the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Miami Herald, San Antonio Express News and The Washington Times.