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Police seek suspects after 11 Calgary churches vandalized


Calgary police are asking for assist monitoring down suspects within the vandalism of 11 native churches. 

The incidents passed off on the night time of June 30 or the early hours of July 1, with orange and purple graffiti unfold over the churches.

“Handprints, the number ‘215’ and other markings suggest the vandalism was in response to the graves recently found at former residential schools,” the Calgary Police Service stated in a launch Wednesday.

Police famous that in a single incident, a window was damaged so paint could possibly be thrown contained in the church. 

“We acknowledge the trauma, hurt and anger being felt by many in the community over the recent news of graves being found at former residential schools,” police stated within the launch. 

“While the vast majority of people have been peacefully expressing their responses to these events, the illegal vandalism and burning of churches across the country is dangerous and wrong.”

Police stated they’re “conducting proactive patrols around specific churches” for the foreseeable future. 

At least three suspects are believed to be concerned within the vandalism of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Grace Presbyterian Church and St. Mary’s Cathedral, in keeping with police. No descriptions can be found. 

Police launched this picture of a suspect within the vandalism of St. Bonaventure Church in southeast Calgary. (Calgary Police Service)

One lady was captured on safety cameras utilizing orange and purple paint to use graffiti to St. Bonaventure Catholic Church. She was carrying a black hooded sweater with the hood up, darkish pants and a darkish masks, in keeping with police. 

At Holy Trinity Church, a number of suspects had been captured placing orange paint within the form of handprints on the doorways, in keeping with police, in addition to splashing paint on the sidewalks. Images of one of many suspects was launched, with no descriptions obtainable. 

The information launch additionally highlighted a hearth at a church within the metropolis’s southeast on July 4 that investigators imagine was intentionally set, however that investigation continues. None of the suspects are tied to that incident and it is unclear whether or not that can also be linked to the residential faculty discoveries. 

Fires have been set at churches throughout Canada within the wake of the findings. 

Support is out there for anybody affected by their expertise at residential faculties, and those that are triggered by the most recent reviews.

A nationwide Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set as much as present assist for survivors and people affected. People can entry emotional and disaster referral providers by calling the 24-hour nationwide disaster line: 1-866-925-4419.


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