Delaware Church Victim Of Hate Crime

| July 24, 2010

A series of criminal acts at a Delaware church have been deemed hate crimes, New Castle County Police say.

The latest incident occurred late Wednesday night at the Korean United Methodist Church where the church's entrance sign was spray painted on with graffiti. The suspects spray painted the words "Go home."

"It was more to it," said Cpl. Trinidad Navarro. "But essentially what I am saying is you're not welcome here and go home."

Since June 21, County Police have looked into six cases in which an unknown suspect trespassed onto the church and damaged the front stone sign by spray painting hate-related messages, officials say. Part of the sign was also broken apart.

"I feel so bad and a little bit angry," said Chansoon Lim, the reverend at the Korean United Methodist Church. "I'm praying and (wondering) what the meaning is of this incident."

Police are also investigating two other nearby graffiti crimes in the Stuyvesant Hills community and at the Wilmington Christian Academy. Two of the vandals were caught on surveillance video taking a picture of some of their vandalism. Teachers at the school suspect that those pictures may be posted on the internet.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Castle County Police Department at 302-395-8110.

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Category: Church Security