Calgary Police launch probe as 10 churches vandalized after discovery of unmarked graves

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The Calgary Police are investigating the acts of vandalism which affected at least ten churches in the city, a move which apparently has links with the recent discovery of unmarked graves.

According to a statement released by Calgary Police, orange and red paint was placed on the exterior of the churches and one had a window smashed so paint could also be thrown inside.

The statement the further added that the incidents took place during the night of Wednesday, June 30, or in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 1, 2021.

“Handprints, the number “215” and other markings suggest the vandalism was in response to the graves recently found at former residential schools,” the Calgary Police said in a statement,” the Calgary Police added.

The Calgary Police also added that the investigators are currently examining the evidence at the scenes and are looking for any CCTV that could help identify those involved.

The churches which were vandalized were Saint Bonaventure Catholic Church at 1600 Acadia Dr. S.E., Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church at 819 13 Ave. S.W., Saint Mary’s Cathedral at 219 18 Ave. S.W., Sacred Heart Church and Columbarium at 1307 14 St. S.W., Grace Presbyterian Church at 1009 15 Ave. S.W.
Saint Luke’s Parish at 1566 Northmount Dr. N.W., Holy Trinity Church at 1525 45 St. S.E., Saint Anthony’s Catholic Parish at 5340 4 St. S.W., All Nations Full Gospel Church at 1403 8 Ave. S.E., and Saint Joseph Catholic Church at 640 19 Ave. N.W.

The Calgary Police also added anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to call us at 403-266-1234.

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