Satanic symbols shock community, church
KANSAS, Ky. — "They bought a one way ticket to hell."
That's what neighbors are saying about the vandals behind satanic graffiti spray painted on a local church.
Folks in the small Graves County town of Kansas are none too happy about the message that folks driving by the church are sure to see.
Police want to find the person behind the message.
As of now, Kentucky State Police aren't sure who is behind the graffiti and neither are neighbors nor church members. In fact, that's why the pastor is speaking out about this. He hopes police find and stop the person before they vandalize another church or someone's home.
"I don't think Satan likes that kind of publicity. That's not good publicity, he's sneaky and this is out in the open," Gospel Light Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Jackie E. Thomas said.
"Everybody who lives around this area is disgusted by it. It's disgusting," neighbor Ronny Riley said.
Riley and his neighbors can see it from their front yards.
Folks driving through can't miss it and the pastor just wants to know who did it.
"I don't think i have any enemies. I don't think any of the members have any enemies. I think it's just a random thing," Riley said.
An act of vandalism done quickly and in the night, the pastor said.
"I think they was in a hurry to get in and get it done and get out. Before they got out, these lights, all three of these lights and the one around back automatically come on. They're sensor lights," Thomas said.
Riley said he's worried about his own home and wonders if vandals will do this to God's house, what would they do to his?
"That church ain't done nothing to nobody. Any church ain't done nothing to nobody," Riley said.
He just hopes police find the person behind the satanic symbols and hopes justice is served.
"Community service is not enough. They need to do some serious jail time," Riley said.
But on second thought, Riley came up with another idea.
"For punishment, make them go to church. That's what I'd do, make them do. Go to church."
The Kentucky State Police officer investigating the case told Local 6 the suspect, if caught, would face a third degree criminal mischief charge. It's only third degree because the damage is estimated below $500.
One neighbor who doesn't even go to church there apologized to the pastor and promised him he'd keep a better eye on the church. Neighbors told Local 6 they will keep a closer eye on their own property as well.
Kentucky State Police are investigating. If you have any information about this case, you are urged to call them at (270) 856-3721.