Police in Brooklyn, New York are investigating a possible hate crime after someone toppled a statue of Jesus and burned an American flag outside of a Catholic church.
The incident was discovered early Friday morning at St. Athanasius Church, according to their Facebook page.
“We are deeply saddened to inform you that the Cross on our Church property was vandalized last night,” the church wrote. “This exhibition of violence and religious hatred is very disturbing. This is definitely an offensive act not only to our Parish but to the Catholic Church!”
Hundreds of people gathered at the church last night to pray for peace and protection throughout the community.
“On such a short notice we all came together to show how strong our Faith is! What an amazing crowd! We are one community! We are one family! We love each other!”
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