A church in Brownsville is on the edge after their property was vandalized over the weekend.
It’s a sight that frightened some members of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church like Barbara Aguilera.
“There was hate graffiti on the outside of the church aimed at our Mexican friends in our community and there was a very hateful letter,” said Barbara. “And our little hall where we have our activities was open and there were two cards on our wall.”
Other members of the church are afraid the incident will scare people away.
“It’s very hard to hold a peaceful service when you’re worried that there’s people out there that want to do you harm or do the place harm,” said George Aguilera who joined the church in September.
“One of our members was kind of making rounds around the place to see if anyone was walking and that’s not how anybody should feel,” said Juan Treviño, president of All Souls Unitarian Universalist.
Barbara fears the recent vandalism case will only keep the church from growing.
“We’re tiny and we’re trying to keep this poor struggling little Unitarian church afloat and this is going to drag us down,” said Barbara.
According to Treviño, the church was vandalized in 2018.
“We’re still in the dark about why that happened or who this Manuel is,” said Treviño.
All around the courtyard of the church, you’ll find red and orange arrows along with the name Manuel.
“I don’t know if that’s the name of the person that did it or just putting a name there to take attention off a hidden self,” said George.
Lt. Mark Elbert of Brownsville Police Dept. said they had a suspect in the first incident, but there wasn’t enough evidence to make an arrest.
Despite what happened, Treviño wants to continue having services.
“I feel if we move somewhere else that means that these people achieved their goal in intimidating us,” said Treviño.
Trevino said due to limited funds, they could not get cameras following the last incident.
If you have any information regarding the vandalism at the Unitarian church, you’re asked to contact Brownsville Crime Stoppers at 546-8477