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Vandals Strike Fuquay-Varina Church Cemetery

Posted March 5, 1998

— Pastor Larry Turner says that there used to be a time when criminals would stay away from churches and cemeteries. Apparently, those days have passed.

About 25 gravestones were either knocked over or broken into pieces at Piney Grove Baptist Church, off of Highway 42, just west of Fuquay-Varina. Even more disturbing are the pentagrams -- signs of devil worship -- drawn into the ground.

Pastor Turner says that this incident is more than just a simple case of vandalism. It's about the struggle between good and evil.

No one checks on the cemetery each day, but investigators believe that the vandal or vandals struck sometime Monday night. Gene Braswell of the Wake County Sheriff's Department says that the vandalism may have been the work of one person. There is evidence. At the church across the street, plastic letters were torn from the outdoor sign. CCBI investigators believe that they got some good fingerprints from the letters Friday afternoon.

Anyone who knows anything about the vandalism at Piney Grove Baptist Church is asked to call the Wake County Sheriff's Department at856-6900.

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