MISSION HILLS (CBSLA.com) — Several people stopped by a statue of Father Junipero Serra in a park across from Mission San Fernando on Thursday after a photo made the rounds on social media appearing to show the statue had been vandalized.

A picture circulating Facebook showed the statue spray-painted red and the word “murder” written on Serra in white.

While city officials would not confirm the authenticity of the photo or the clean-up, CBS2 reporter Crystal Cruz saw red paint on Serra’s arm and a swastika on the statue of the child standing next to him.

“Everyone’s entitled to their own public opinions and thoughts,” said Cristian Mendoza. “But once it gets to this level I don’t think it’s right.”

“I came because some friends posted a photo of the defaced statue and I wanted to see if it was in fact correct,” Paul Minette said.

The photo comes at a time when many are calling for the removal of controversial statues. Some argue Serra is not the saint the Catholic Church paints him out to be. Instead, they claim he used California Indians and destroyed part of their culture.

“I think the statue should come down from this park, and then put some appreciation to the Native people that live here,” Cristian Ramirez said.

“It’s a beautiful park for people to enjoy and for others to come and take that away from us is wrong,” Minette said.

Some people say there’s no room in the park for graffiti.

“This park is mainly used for taking photos, and it’s a nice park, but it’s not the right place to express your hatred,” Mendoza said.

“You need to respect and conserve everything,” Taresa Cirracco said.

Ramirez would like the statue moved to a museum.

“We don’t want this violent history to be praised in our community,” Ramirez said.

A man who frequents the park told CBS2 he suspects teenagers tagged the statue.

Comments (55)
  1. This is REALLY getting Talibanish! The left haters are completely out of control.

  2. Paul Roberts says:

    Defacing a Catholic monument – Hate Crime! Be like the Muslims in the middle east. If you do not agree with it, destroy it.

  3. Pete Parks says:

    Someone is going to get shot.

  4. It will never end. Someone, somewhere, will have a grievance against pretty much anything. This is a dangerous road to go down.

  5. The “Alt-Left” has no shame.

  6. Reject Christianity and nationalism and you will get communism and atheism, America, which always leads to a mountain of skulls.

  7. “…put some appreciation to the Native people that live here…”
    Appreciation for what, no one knows.

    1. Mary Mac says:

      well, they did build the casinos…….

  8. Sharp Shtik says:

    Democrats are full of hate. If they were honestly fighting hate Democrats would fight themselves.

  9. St.Junipero Serra has more than civilized an indigenous culture. He Christianized California. So Californians should be grateful to this new Catholic saint.

  10. Ruby Begonia says:

    ““I think the statue should come down from this park, and then put some appreciation to the Native people that live here,” Cristian Ramirez said.”

    Indians stole my car in Helena, Montana in 1963. If they put up a statue to car thieving indians, it should be torn down or defaced.

  11. Dusty Rhodes says:

    Was he a slave owner, or just not black?

  12. The Left is showing their true colors. The Taliban destroyed 1700 year old Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan in 2001, blowing them up because the statues “offended” them. The Taliban were every bit as self-righteous as these Democrats are that are destroying and defacing historic art and monuments.

    ISIS has destroyed many historic buildings and art in Iraq and Syria because those objects offended them as well. They believe they are completely justified in destroying history, just like these Leftists.

    The American Left is infamous for “deconstructing history” they don’t like. They have re-written American and Western history in our education system to serve their collectivist, anti-American interests.

    Now, they are going after symbols of our history. We shouldn’t be surprised. The question now is not really “What will the Left destroy next?”, rather what will it take to stop them?

  13. Need to make this Christian Ramirez famous for his hate and lies.

  14. B Ann Loray says:

    Seems like the word Murderer and the swastikas and red paint do not exactly go together. I think the haters put swastikas on the statue to make it appear like a different group of haters actually did the crime. Maybe I am just not in the loop, but the nazi symbols i have seen in religious hate crimes were directed at a different religion.. And the kid saying the statute should come down should be suspect in this. It was an interesting comment in reaction to a hate crime. That comment shoud have been cut.

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