Vandals severely damage statue at west side church

Sacred Heart of Jesus statue loses head, hand

"Is nothing sacred anymore?"

That's the question Father Walter D’heedene asked himself Saturday after finding out that someone had vandalized the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue outside the church.

The statue's head was removed as well as its right hand.

"I can’t believe it, in a community like this and a church that is so respected by the community," said Father D’heedene.

The church said they are not sure when the vandalism occurred. The statue's head was left behind, but the right hand is still missing.

This is not the first time the church has fallen victim to a vandal, but church members said nothing this serious has ever happened.

"It's disrespectful period, just to do that against anything and anybody else's property either here or private property," said Maricruz Elizondo.

The incidents have also had an effect on church operations.

"You know how, the church pretty much is open to the public and you can come in at any time during the day," said Elizondo. "Unfortunately, at our church, we cant."

The church said it plans to repair the statue, remove it from its cement mount, and move it to a secure location on the property.

In the meantime, the parish and Father D'heedene are left asking on question. Why?

"Anybody that can help me understand I would appreciate it, because I don't understand," said Father D’heedene.

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