BELLEVILLE, IL. (KTVI) - Dozens of volunteers answer a call for help, after an appalling case of vandalism. The suspects left behind a trail of broken glass along with racist and anti-religious messages at a Baptist church in Belleville.
The church pastor caught vandals by himself, Tuesday afternoon at the new freedom Baptist church, across the street from Lindenwood University on West Main. The place was trashed, everything from chairs to weed trimmers stuck into the walls. There were spray painted racists and anti-religious messages; broken glass and debris everywhere; church files ruined.
The pastor was stunned and re-assured by what happened Wednesday morning: the first of 2-3 dozen volunteers came to help clean up: from here to Scott Air Force Base; people stunned by what they saw when we broke the story last night.
The pastor wants this investigated as a federal hate crime, no developments on that front. As for the clean up, there`s still a long way to go, but it`s a start. Volunteers will be back in the morning, to go at it again.
If you can help, contact the New Freedom Baptist Church at 618-741-3589 or firstname.lastname@example.org.