Religious Statue Vandalized At Artesia Church

ARTESIA ( — A beloved shrine at an Artesia church was vandalized with graffiti over the weekend.

Parishioners of Holy Family Catholic Church found the 7-foot tall white marble statue of Mary, Joseph and Jesus covered in black graffiti Sunday.

“It’s very heartbreaking for all of us. It’s just a shame,” Parishioner Mike Huerta said.

It was unclear if police had identified any suspects.

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