DC police have now identified a “suspect” who was caught on camera vandalizing a statue of Our Lady of Fatima outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC.
Footage released by DC police last month show the person of interest using a hammer to break off and steal the hands of the statue. Our Lady’s face was also defaced, struck repeatedly with the hammer which sent pieces of marble flying.
DC police say the “person of interest” was identified but released no other information other than that the case is not being treated as a hate crime.
A public rosary organized by Cardinal Timothy Dolan took place at the National Shrine on Religious Freedom Day yesterday in “response to the recent vandalism of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima.”
“Religious art instructs and inspires. It reminds us that we live most fully when we direct our lives toward our Creator and our neighbors. On the other hand, the defacement of such public symbols of the sacred degrades our life together and harms the common good.”
The spokesperson for the National Shrine said the cost of a replacement and when the statue will be removed is “to be determined.” The police report values it at $250,000.