Utica police probe graffiti of hate symbol at church

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A Nazi swastika was spray-painted in red on a statue in front of St. Louis Gonzaga Church in Utica and law enforcement is investigating.

The hate symbol was painted in red on the all-white statue’s chest at the Maronite Catholic church, while the face was also spray-painted red. Police said the vandalism occurred sometime prior to Saturday morning at the Rutger Street church.

No arrests have been made so far. Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the graffiti is asked to call Utica Police at 315-223-3464. All calls will be kept confidential.

Meanwhile, Rome Police said they continue to investigate similar hate speech and symbols written on the side of a U-Haul truck on First Street from earlier this month. No arrests have been made in that case either.

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