Church Targeted With Racist Vandalism Holds Community Meeting

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - It was vandalism at a predominately black church that some people called a hate crime -- racist comments written on the walls and in church Bibles.

But one month later, churchgoers at Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church continue to move forward.

The reverend held a meeting Saturday with elected leaders and law enforcement for the community to hear directly from them.

They recommended safety precautions at locations across the county, like security lighting and more cameras, to discourage crime in the first place.

The reverend said the hate shown weeks ago was disheartening, but his eyes are set on the love still to come.

"We have had great support, outpouring of love, concern, donation, people came to help clean up the church, and we are eternally grateful," said Rev. Richard W. Sibert.

Four teens have been charged with burglary and vandalism in connection to the damage police said they left behind.

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