NEW YORK — Vandals struck a church on the Lower East Side, and the Archdiocese of New York is calling it a hate crime.
Photos show damaged statues at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish on Stanton Street.
The church says someone scaled a 10-foot fence on May 17 and smashed and beheaded numerous statues of children at a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima.
“It’s a very important shrine here on the Lower East Side, so it’s devastating. People were crying. People were so upset,” said Tom McNamara, a priest at Our Lady of Sorrows Church.
No arrests have been made.