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Halloween a.m. vandals spray-painted Greek Orthodox Church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20111103/NEWS03/711039919 Halloween a.m. vandals spray-painted Greek Orthodox Church as well as 8 cars and a fence
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      Halloween a.m. vandals spray-painted Greek Orthodox Church as well as 8
      cars and a fence
      By DAVID C. SHAMPINE
      TIMES STAFF WRITER
      THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011

      Vandals early Monday used red, white and black spray paint to express
      their Satanic and anti-Christ sentiments on the walls of St. Vasilios
      Greek Orthodox Church, 502 Franklin St.

      They didn’t stop there, according to Watertown police. While in the
      neighborhood, they left their paint markings on eight parked cars and a
      fence at 630 Gotham St. Most of the car vandalism occurred on Flower
      Avenue East, although one marked vehicle was parked in the 300 block of
      Keyes Avenue, police said.

      The spree occurred between midnight and 4 a.m. Monday, police said.

      Christina Thomas, a church member, said the writings on three walls of
      the church, including the front, were not directed solely at her
      religion, but at Christianity as a whole. The messages included, “Jesus
      does not care for anyone,” “Hail Satan” and “Save your prayers, Jesus
      does not love us.”

      There also were upside-down crosses and a swastika, she said.

      Parish members were able to wash off some of the graffiti, but some
      markings remained Wednesday for professional removal, Miss Thomas said.

      “We tried to get off as much as we could Monday,” she said.

      An insurance assessment of damage was being awaited, she said.
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