Police are investigating to find out who was behind the racially-charged vandalism that targeted a predominantly Black church in Indiana on Thanksgiving.
Evansville’s Liberty Missionary Baptist Church arrived at the site on Friday morning to find the words “Kill All Koons” written in chalk across the back door of the church. A separate message, which read “Koons Inside,” was also found on one of the church’s vans. The shameful acts were reportedly committed on Thanksgiving Day and while it has certainly shocked members of the church community, head pastor Rev. Todd Robertson says they won’t succumb to the ways of those with hate in their heart.
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“I’ve been the pastor here for 17 years and we’ve never had anything like this,” Robertson told the Evansville Courier & Press on Saturday. “I know there seems to be a rise across the country of ill will toward certain groups of people. But we keep preaching, we will overcome evil with good.”
The racist holiday messages mark the second time the church has been targeted with vandalism in the past three weeks.