Vandalism at Delray Beach church

Posted at 11:52 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 14:01:07-04

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating vandalism at a Delray Beach church.

Pentagrams were painted on doors and statues were desecrated. Now church members at the Our Lady Queen of Peace Church are worried this vandalism could happen again.

"It's hatred I would say," says retired priest Alex Delpiaz.

At the church, a Virgin Mary is painted black, plus a St. Anthony statue.

"Why would you paint that black?"

Two pentagrams were painted on two separate buildings. Church members say a dead bird was left on the front step.

"It's amazing. I don't know how they go home with a clear conscience," says one church member.

Today members were busy cleaning what they can. However it will take more of an effort to return the statues to original form.

"Refurbish, redone. I mean they have to have the artist or painter come in and do it."

The church also received a threat on the phone whoever did it may come back.

"We don't want them to come back and do more damage. I mean it's our church," says another church member.

Deputies continue to investigate and were seen patrolling the grounds to make sure this doesn't happen again.