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San Juan Basilica vandalized, suspect charged

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Editors note: Additional information has been provided.

Update: Suspect Erica Yme Garza, was arraigned in the McAllen Municipal Court on Wednesday. Garza was charged with one count of criminal mischief, which is a state jail felony. Garza’s bond was set at $15,000.

Erica Yme Garza (Source: McAllen Police Department)

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SAN JUAN, Texas (KVEO) — The Basilica Of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle has been vandalized.

Various words were written on the doors of the shrine early Tuesday morning.

Father Jorge Gomez says it took place between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. and mentions that cameras caught the suspect on camera.

“I think the church has been attacked for the last 2,000 years, it’s nothing new for us. But I think we, I [make] a call to the community to respect the holy places. I think mutual respect for sacred places,” said Father Gomez. “I think that’s foundation for peace when we respect the sacred places for all the religions.”

McAllen Police have confirmed that a woman has been arrested in connection with this investigation. They also believe she is responsible for vandalizing other religious sites.

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