Boston, Mass., Mar 10, 2022 / 16:07 pm
When Holy Family Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Florida, learned that three people were arrested as suspects in a vandalism incident involving defacement of their statues which depict the Holy Family, its response was a call for prayer.
“Let us pray for them,” the church said in a statement.
The three suspects were arrested March 5 for writing “hail satan” and other vulgar images on a group of three statues honoring the Holy Family outside the church on Feb. 23. Freeman Yardley, 24, Promise Yardley, 18, and Blessing Yardley, 22, were each charged with criminal mischief to church/other place of worship, which is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. It is not clear if the three suspects are related.
The marble statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Child Jesus, and St. Joseph had either vulgar or satanic images written on them in black marker. Surveillance footage shows three people at the scene, two of whom appear to write on the statues. You can watch the church's videos of the incident here and here.