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Vandals Defaced Headstones and Signs With Hate Symbols

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Defaced sign at cemetery. (Photo: WBOC) Defaced sign at cemetery. (Photo: WBOC)

CLAYTON, Del.- Vandalism at the Foreman-Massey Cemetery in Clayton is being investigated as a hate crime by Delaware State Police. On Sunday, police were called by members of the Byrd's African Methodist Episcopal Church to the cemetery after they found headstones and signs were defaced and spray painted with vulgar messages and swastikas. Several grave markers were damaged, one was knocked over and another had its foundation kicked in.

Bernard Williams Sr., a church trustee, said they are taking the vandalism and messages very seriously, and consider this a hate crime. Williams also says the church was vandalized with a swastika and racially charged messages more than a year ago. DSP Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the investigation is ongoing and no suspects have been named. 

Williams said the church plans to add additional lighting to the cemetery and are asking the police to patrol the area more frequently. There is no word yet on the cost of the damage to the cemetery. 

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