VINELAND, N.J.(CBSNewYork) — Nearly a dozen religious statues at two churches in Vineland, N.J. have been defaced.
The faces of Mary and Joseph were smashed and statues of Jesus and various saints were hacked or decapitated, CBS 2 reported.READ MORE: Bodycam Video Shows Moments Before NYPD Lieutenant Was Shot In Ankle Apprehending Suspect In The Bronx
This incident is not the first case of vandalism of religious icons in the area.
Last September, statues at a church in Malaga suffered similar damage.READ MORE: Several People Shot Outside Queens Laundromat, Police Investigating
Worshipers believe that they are being targeted.
“I can’t imagine what’s going through the mind of a person that would deliberately go and deface statues that are dedicated to our savior,” one parishioner said.
The parishes told CBS 2 that they plan to rebuild and pray.MORE NEWS: COVID In New York: Mask Mandates Not Being Re-Imposed Just Yet As Concern Grows Over Delta Variant
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