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Man accused of decapitating religious statue

Friday, December 10, 2010
A 27-year-old man is accused of destroying an angel and decapitating the head of one of the Our Lady of Guadalupe statues in front of Queen at Peace Catholic Church.

A 27-year-old man is accused of destroying an angel and decapitating the head of one of the Our Lady of Guadalupe statues in front of Queen at Peace Catholic Church.

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A local Catholic church hit by vandals will go ahead with its celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Someone destroyed an angel in front of Queen at Peace Catholic Church along Telephone Road near Wayside. The vandal also decapitated the head of one of the Our Lady of Guadalupe statues and broke off her hands.

Other church members caught a 27-year-old man they say caused the damage.

"I think first and foremost we have to forgive him. As a Catholic we're taught to forgive, but I don't think he should escape punishment from the law," church member Alice Torres said.

The church plans to hold its Our Lady of Guadalupe Fest Day on Sunday. The church told us it will cost them $5,200 to repair the damage.

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