‘Repulsed and distraught’: Investigation underway after church in Everett vandalized

EVERETT, MASS. (WHDH) - Police have launched an investigation after a church in Everett was targeted by vandals early Thursday morning, officials said.

A crucifix planted in the ground outside of Zion Baptist Ministries was ripped out and thrown into a nearby yard, according to Bishop Robert Brown.

“It’s just unfortunate,” Brown said. “We hope that this is the first and last time…I’m hoping it’s not a trend.”

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria said in a Facebook post that state police are assisting Everett police with an investigation into the “heinous act.”

“I’m repulsed and distraught that someone would intentionally vandalize a religious organization in our community. There is absolutely no room for any hate in Everett,” DeMaria said.

DeMaria added, “This was not an accident but a hate crime.”

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact police.

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