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06/12/08 - Marshall

Police Looking For Suspects In Racist Defacement Of Local Church

Police in Marshall are looking for suspects wanted for defacing a local church.

It happened sometime around May 21st, at the Macedonia Missionary Church just west of Marshall. The vandalism includes KKK graffiti spraypainted on the side of the predominately African-American church.

Members of the church were speechless when they first saw the graffiti, reading 'White KKK Power'. But, the words are staggered, which leads some investigators to believe that it may be random or an imitation - because staggered graffiti is inconsistent with usual KKK graffiti.

Church members have tried to clean it off, and what's left now is a shadow, a reminder to them that hate is still alive, even in their own backyard.

Dr. Madero Hilburn, who pastors the Macedonia Misssionary Baptist church, doesn't understand why someone would do this. "I guess my first question would be why. What were you thinking? What did you hope to achieve, and what is your goal in going from church to church and defacing it? What has the church done to you?"

Hilburn is no stranger to this type of thing. A church he pastored five years ago was burned down in an arson. Unfazed, he says his church will rise above this.

Hilburn and his congregation of around 75 say they are not angry about this.  They are calling it a trial of their faith and they will continue to worship, and even pray for the people who did this.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Harrison County Sheriff's Office.

Bob Hallmark, reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com 

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