It happened at Our Lady of Hope parish. Details:
Sal Vasquez said he wasn’t surprised the church and it’s buildings were vandalized, since it has happened in the past. What surprised and upset him was the nature of the symbols spray-painted on the walls – and that they disturbed a funeral service Friday morning, Jan. 8, for a parish member. “(The deceased’s family) is feeling enough pain today,” said Vasquez, the church’s maintenance worker. Vasquez said he believes the church is commonly targeted because it has few resources to recover from vandalism. “This is a very poor church, and they know that,” Vasquez said. Pentagrams were drawn on the church itself and swastikas and inverted crosses were drawn across the street at the church’s designated food pantry. Before the funeral service began, Vasquez covered the pentagrams on the church. One was drawn on the church’s front door.
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