Just like him, cut down in it's prime Memorial tree for Michael Brown chopped down day after dedication in Ferguson BY Meg Wagner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, April 20, 2015, 12:34 PM Someone chopped down a Ferguson, Mo., memorial tree dedicated to Michael Brown a day after its dedication, police said. Michael Brown's memorial tree in Ferguson, Mo., was chopped down less than a day after it was planted. Police aren't sure who slashed the young tree in January-Wabash Park, and officers are investigating the act as vandalism, KMOV reported. The stone memorial at the tree's base is missing, too. The Black Caucus of the American Library Association dedicated the tree Saturday to Brown, the 18-year-old shot and killed by a Missouri police officer last year. By Sunday morning, the sapling's leafy branches were sliced off of its trunk, and the placard marking the tree as Brown's memorial was gone Big'mike Jr Brown via Facebook Michael Brown was shot and killed in August. "I can't understand why someone would want to cut down the tree," one parkgoer told KMOV. "What, they want to start something back up again?" Passionate, sometimes violent protests erupted in the St. Louis suburb after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed the unarmed teen in August. A grand jury declined to indict Wilson in November, further fueling racial tensions in the area and around the county. "It's not going to get any better if you keep having stuff like that happen," another park visitor said.