Santa Barbara Mission Vandalized with Red Paint
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By edhat staff
Old Mission Santa Barbara was vandalized with red paint with the words rape and genocide written near the church doors early Wednesday morning.
Edhat readers reported seeing the vandalism around 6:00 a.m. Wednesday with spray-painted words "genecide," assuming to mean genocide. "Rape" and "Never forget the lives + stolen land" were also painted on the Mission.
A window was also broken and the Santa Barbara Police Department state the vandalism was reported as early as 4:30 a.m. Wednesday with the paint already dried, reports KEYT News. The crime is considered a felony with the estimated damage is over $30,000.
Another act of vandalism occurred at the Santa Barbara Mission when the Junipero Serra statue was beheaded in September of 2017.
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@oldmissionsb has covered up what it could from an overnight vandalism but the $30,000+ damage will take some time to clean up completely. Some of these bricks are very old and need to be carefully cleaned. Police reviewing surveillance video.: @meccles2811 / KEYT . . . #news #santabarbara #oldmissionsb #santabarbaramission #missionsb #vandalism #crime #sbpd
September 11, 2017 - Junipero Serra Statue Beheaded at Old Mission