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Rock Island church statue damaged on Easter Sunday

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This statue outside Sacred Heart Catholic Church on 5th Ave. in Rock Island was damaged around  9:30 PM on Easter Sunday.  A parishioner says the statue is approximately 100 years old. This statue outside Sacred Heart Catholic Church on 5th Ave. in Rock Island was damaged around 9:30 PM on Easter Sunday. A parishioner says the statue is approximately 100 years old.

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - Members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church on 5th Ave. in Rock Island say someone destroyed a 100-year-old statue outside the church Easter Sunday night.

Members say the damage was recorded on a surveillance camera around 9:30 PM.

Parishioner Chris Mandle tells KWQC that "camera footage shows a white male around late 30s/early 40s." 

Mandle says that as the man was "pushing/pulling down the statue there's quite a few cars driving by on a busy 5th Avenue" and the church is asking anyone who may have seen something to call Rock Island Police.

Mandle says the statue was originally on the grounds of the Villa de Chantel in Rock Island and "when the school closed the Visitation nuns donated it to Sacred Heart Parish in honor of our longstanding history with them."

Parishioner Stephanie Smith tells KWQC by e-mail that the statue "stood there to Welcome people not only to our Church but as a Welcome to all passersby that God Cares and Welcomes you."

"I just can't believe somebody would do something like this."

  

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