Photos: Virginia Church Sanctuary Vandalized With Racist Slurs

Leaders of a church in Northern Virginia walked into the sanctuary on Tuesday and discovered racist graffiti on the walls, the cushion in every pew slashed open and the cords in the sound system clipped. The vandalism marked the seventh time since May 11 that Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Anandale, Virginia, has been defaced — and this time was the most vile.

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An alter of candles was smashed Tuesday when vandals wreaked havoc on the main worship hall of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
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Every pew cushion was slashed end to end at the Annandale church.
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Fairfax County police are investigating whether the seven break-ins are related.
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Vandals defaced the sanctuary walls with racial slurs, threatening messages and a swastika.
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Pews were slashed in Tuesday's attack.
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Vandals clipped the sound system.
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Church members tell News4 that the vandals mostly stayed in the basement during the initial break-ins, which began May 11. Above, a smashed window on a door.
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A church leader was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher by one of the perpetrators. He has recovered.
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