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Vandal destroys Rock Island Jesus statue

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 2:00 p.m. CST

ROCK ISLAND (AP) — Rock Island police are investigating after a man destroyed a 100-year-old statue of Jesus outside a Catholic church.

The 6-foot-tall concrete statue was damaged on Easter. A surveillance video shows a man pushing and pulling the 750-pound icon to the ground on Sunday night.

On Monday, church members were surveying the damage. The statue was lying on the ground, with both arms broken off, a missing shoulder and a crack running the length of its body.

The head of security at Sacred Heart Church tells the Rock Island Argus (http://bit.ly/10urgFi ) that the damage is "heartbreaking."

Parishioners plans to raise money to try to replace the statue, which is valued at about $20,000.

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