- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a Jewish community center and a church within a mile of each other have been vandalized during a week when the two locations observed holy days.

Fairfax County police spokeswoman Tawny Wright says authorities responded to a report of graffiti at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia on Tuesday. Within hours, they received a similar report at Little River United Church of Christ. The vandalism occurred before daybreak.

A swastika was painted at the church during Holy Week. Pastor David Lindsey says the church has a long history on inclusion and that he wasn’t surprised the church was targeted.

The community center’s executive director, Jeff Dannick, says it was particularly painful that the vandalism occurred during Passover.

Police say they are reviewing surveillance footage in both cases.


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