Crime

Statue Of Jesus Christ Decapitated, Knocked Off Pedestal Outside Sw Miami-Dade Church

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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A statue of Jesus Christ was found beheaded and knocked off its pedestal outside of a Southwest Miami-Dade church, and the Archdiocese of Miami believes the incident was not an accident.

The statue was found decapitated and moved from its pedestal outside Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Wednesday morning.

“The principal problem right now is pandemia,” Raul Bocanegra said. “We’re supposed to stay together, and we pray together for a solution.”

Father Edvaldo DaSilva has been the parochial-vicar at the church for three years. He said the vandalism he’s seen in recent weeks has started hitting churches.

When asked if the statue toppled over on its own, DaSilva said, “Obviously not, that’s for sure. They had some powerful hands to remove it. Seeing what is happening in our country, I presume so, but we don’t have 100% assurance.”

DaSilva pointed to an incident that occurred at a church in Ocala on Saturday.

Steven Anthony Shields, 24, was arrested and faces several charges, including attempted murder, after Marion County Sheriff’s officials said he slammed his vehicle into the church before setting it on fire.

An email regarding the vandalized statue went out to the church’s congregation, Wednesday morning.

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