Churches vandalized in Ravenna

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

RAVENNA, Tex. -- Residents in Ravenna are cleaning up after vandals sweep through the city for the second time this week, spray painting witchcraft symbols and satanic phrases on several churches. Daniel Gotera has more.

Residents of Ravenna say they have never seen this type of damage in their town before, other than the occasional isolated burglary. Everything is usually quiet. Now for the second time in one week, they are cleaning up and looking for who's responsible.

City officials say the second incident happened late Thursday night at the Christian Church and Ravenna Baptist Church along FM 1753. Several symbols and the phrase "hell is here" were spray painted on the churches. One of the buildings was built over 100 years ago, and the current owner says she could not believe the red markings when she saw them. Residents worked all morning to get most of the spray paint off of the Baptist church.

Earlier this week, several cars and a barn were painted up. City officials want this type of behavior to stop.

"I hope the ones that were responsible will repent and decide that wasn't the right thing to do," Ravenna resident Roger Arnold says.

So far no arrests have been made in the case, but city officials say Fannin County authorities have been interviewing people all day Friday. Authorities say defacing a church carries a tougher penalty than vandalizing any other building.

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