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Faith Helps Church Members Recover After Senseless Crime

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CARY — Members of the Bethal A.M.E. Church stumbled ontovandalism inside the church early Sunday morning and found that someonehad committed a senseless crime.

Church spokesman, Dr. Charles Blalock sees the vandalism as asign of a much larger problem.

According to officials, damage to the nearly 100 year-old churchinvolved some unknown fluid and emblems on the floor. There was alsoa "liturgical cloth" or "sash" on the floor that was partially burned.

Church member Clarice Loftin says that brighter days are ahead.She feels that this congregation will pick up the pieces after thistragedy.

Police have no motive for this insensitive crime, but havequestioned one juvenile in connection with this case. They hope to makean arrest in the next few days. Any suspect arrested will face breakingand entering charges as well as arson charges.

Police did say that the crime was not racially motivated.

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