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Video shows vandal who dared to destroy sacred sculptures outside Catholic church

Surveillance video from early Sunday at the Saint Bernard Catholic Church in Sunrise shows a shirtless man appearing to hurl a rock at a statue of Jesus perched outside.
Surveillance video from early Sunday at the Saint Bernard Catholic Church in Sunrise shows a shirtless man appearing to hurl a rock at a statue of Jesus perched outside.

SUNRISE, Fla. – Surveillance video from early Sunday at the Saint Bernard Catholic Church in Sunrise shows a shirtless man appearing to hurl a rock at a statue of Jesus perched outside.

Minutes later, video then shows the same man clutching a can of accelerant, pouring it on the garden below, and lighting it on fire.

Father Jorge Rodriguez de la Viuda said not only were the hands broken from the Jesus statue, but in another part of the church, a statue of the Virgin Mary was beheaded. The statue of St. Francis was missing a head as well.

Some of the broken sculpture pieces were then shoved inside a storm drain.

The church estimates a loss of about $6,000.

“What he did is very sad, and I know it doesn’t represent who he is,” Father Rodriguez de la Viuda said. “I’d love to tell him that we love him and we’re praying for him.”

The Sunrise Police Department is investigating.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.


About the Author:

Janine Stanwood joined Local 10 News in February 2004 as an assignment editor. She is now a general assignment reporter. Before moving to South Florida from her Washington home, Janine was the senior legislative correspondent for a United States senator on Capitol Hill.