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    http://www.kingscourier.net/site/tab2.cfm?newsid=17887458&BRD=2384&PAG=461&dept_id=552848&rfi=6 Vandal desecrates Ave. P crucifix - Paint is found splattered
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      Vandal desecrates Ave. P crucifix - Paint is
      found splattered outside Three Hierarchs Church- Brooklyn, N.Y.

      By Tom Tracy
      02/22/2007

      Cops are looking for the vandal who splashed
      beige paint on an ornate cross standing proudly
      outside of Three Hierarchs Church on Tuesday.

      As of this writing, the vandal was being sought
      for committing a possible bias crime against the
      church located near the corner of Avenue P and East 17th Street in Midwood.

      Workers at the Greek Orthodox house of worship
      told police that they spotted the damage as soon
      as they opened up the church Tuesday morning.

      The stain had to remain on the cross until
      members of the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force could catalogue the vandalism.

      The vandalized cross was just inside the front
      gate, standing before a banner that read “Three
      Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church: “Knowing, Loving and Serving God’s People.”

      The paint covered the left side of the cross and
      dripped down to its base. Nothing else appeared
      to be damaged, according to authorities.

      “We are very upset,” a congregant answering
      phones at the church said Tuesday afternoon, just
      a few minutes after they were given permission to
      remove the paint from the cross, which they said
      has welcomed parishioners entering the church for
      over 20 years. “This wasn’t an accident, this was a hate crime.”

      Congregants said that this is the first time in
      recent memory that the church had been vandalized.

      Captain Vincent Stella, the commanding officer of
      the 61st Precinct, said that the vandalism is
      currently being investigated as a “possible bias
      crime” although no anti-religious remarks or symbols were found.

      “But that’s just based on the fact that this
      happened at a house of worship,” Stella said. “In
      the end, it’s the Hate Crime Task Force’s call.”

      “Vandalism that singles out any religious or
      ethnic group is especially deplorable and cannot
      be tolerated,” said State Senator Carl Kruger,
      who joined Captain Stella at Three Hierarchs
      Church to look over the damage. “It would be easy
      to push this aside as a simple act of vandalism
      perpetuated by a bored or ignorant individual,
      but that would not be the right thing to do. Our
      houses of worship are sacred and must be protected from acts such as this.”

      Cops are asking anyone with information regarding
      this incident to call CrimeStoppers at (800)
      577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
      ©Courier-Life Publications 2007
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