In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 photo, Deacon Clinton McMiller, left, and Pastor David Triggs carry a cabinet back into the church after an outdoor service due to a fire at the New Life Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Someone has been setting fire to predominantly black churches in the St. Louis area, and investigators are trying to determine if the arsonist is targeting either religion or race.

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Police and pastors suspect that the recent wave of arson is either racially or religiously motivated.

Taylor Lewis
Oct, 20, 2015

St. Louis police are searching for a suspect—and a motive—in a recent series of fires in the last two weeks at predominately Black churches.

According to ABC News, investigators have no leads, but they suspect that the arson is either religiously or racially motivated and are looking into the possibility of a hate crime. No one has been injured in the fires, and in all cases, the damage was contained to an exterior wall.

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"We are upset, and we're concerned that there's an individual who, for whatever reason, is sick," Michele Brown, a business manager at one of the damaged churches, told ABC. "We prayed for them Sunday. There's something wrong with someone who would do something like that."

Since Thursday, October 8, Bethel Nondenominational Church, New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, St. Augustine Catholic Church, New Testament Church of Christ, New Life Missionary Baptist Church and Ebenezer Lutheran Church have all been set ablaze. 

Police are offering a $2,000 for any tips that lead to an arrest.