The charred sanctuary of Glory of Christ Church bore tell-tale signs of arson – and the pyscho firestarter even defaced the walls with signs of devil worship.
A pentagram, “666” and “Hail to Satan” were spray-painted on the walls, along with, “We hate Jews and Christians” and “GET OFF OUR BLOCK.”
“When I first saw it, I was just in shock,” Pastor Raymond Talavera said.
Talavera said the church’s second-floor offices were also gutted by flames – but not before computer monitors and televisions were smashed.
Even the church’s Communion chalice was bashed to bits.
“I don’t know where all this hate is coming from,” Talavera said. “We never had any problems with the community.
More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze, which broke out shortly before 4 a.m. and was brought under control minutes before parishioners arrived for 5:30 a.m. prayer, officials said.