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Rio Grande City church vandalized, person of interest identified

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Rio Grande City church vandalized (Source: CBS 4 Photo)

A historic Rio Grande City church is picking up the pieces after thousands of dollars in damage.

“It’s been here for many many years, it has been an icon of Starr County and for anyone that’s a catholic, this is the church of Starr County,” said Dina Garcia-Pena, who has lived and worked in Rio Grande City all her life. 

According to a release from the city of Rio Grande City, a Rio Grande City Police Department officer was called out to the Immaculate Conception Church, located on the 100 block of East Third Street in reference to shots fired, just after 10:40 a.m. Friday.

Officers said they spoke with Father Sepulveda and officers found no casings on the inside or outside of the church. 

They did observe damage to the doors from the inside of the church that appear to have been made with a blunt object.

“Basically anything that was glass was broken, front doors, side doors some of the interior glass panels were also broken,” said Garcia-Pena as soon as she heard the news. 

Sepulveda told police that the church doesn’t want to press charges and around $3,000 in damage was left behind.

But some church goers say this tough time is bringing the community closer than ever. 

“I think the beautiful thing I can say is just how quickly everything was cleared out thanks to volunteers, in two hours everything was cleared out and that’s the one beautiful thing we can say,” said Garcia-Pena. 

A release added that a person of interest has been identified and officers are currently working to identify a possible motive.

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