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Police investigate after predominantly Black local churches vandalized

Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 12:59 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2020 at 6:56 PM CDT
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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) – Gatesville police were investigating Wednesday after two predominantly Black churches were vandalized.

“The possibility of the vandalism being racially motivated cannot be ruled out at this time,” police Lt. Cody Lee said in a press release.

Vandals spray-painted what appeared to be satanic and anarchy symbols on the front of Mt. Cavalry Church of God at 128 North 12th St. and also the words “I’ll be on Satan’s lap.”

The church’s pastor, Lee Ford, discovered the vandalism while checking the mail Wednesday morning.

A window was broken out at the nearby Sweet Home Baptist Church at 511 North 14th St., Ford said.

Ford said he believes the vandalism was racially motivated.

Coryell County jail trustees cleaned up some of the graffiti, but it was still visible late Wednesday morning.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the Gatesville Police Department at (254) 865-2226 or Crime Stoppers at (254) 865-8477.

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