Brevard church targeted by vandals for 2nd time

Vandals spray-painted vans at church previously set fire

(Florida Today)

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Investigators with the Melbourne Police Department are looking into a case of vandalism that happened overnight Tuesday at two separate churches.

At Central Baptist Church near Florida Tech the vandals spray-painted symbols, including an upside-down cross and a cherry bomb. And at Shiloh Christian Center on University Boulevard, paint covers two vans that take kids to and from school. 

For Bishop Jacquelyn Gordon, who oversees Shiloh Christian Center, the messages and symbols are tough to look at.

"You got a symbol up here that represents hanging and lynching. And then the phrase 'what is the cost of my soul.' What are saying? What is it going to take before someone takes it serious. This is ridiculous," said Gordon.

The vandalism is nothing new for Gordon. Back in February, vandals set fire to her other center on Sarno Road. She says they also spray-painted a swastika and the Arabic phrase 'Allahu Akbar,' or God is great.

"It saddens me because nothing was done for the first time and now we have second time. Is it going to take a third time before somebody gets seriously hurt before something is done," said Gordon.

Melbourne police deemed the February incident an act of juvenile vandalism, but Gordon thinks it's more serious than that.

"Somebody is targeting and somebody is sending a serious message. It's a hate crime, whether they want to say it or not."

Police haven't said whether the two church vandalisms are connected.

If you have any information, you're urged to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS. 

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