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St. James Episcopal vandalized, neighbors respond with messages of love

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BOZEMAN - The St. James Episcopal Church on the corner of West Olive and Tracy was vandalized late last night.

Neighbors of the Church alerted Rev. Gregory Smith earlier today that the number '666' and a swastika had been drawn on the Church's welcome sign.

Those same neighbors later covered up the vandalism with hearts and messages of unity and love. Some read, 'Bozeman you are better than this' and 'We are one.'

Rev. Smith said that despite these symbols of hate, the focus at St. James will remain the same.

"It will absolutely not affect our policy at St. James of welcoming everyone who wants to be part of our Church, and we're not afraid, we're not going to be scared by this. But I do think it's important that the community knows that this is happening," Rev. Smith said.

The Church has filed a report with the Bozeman Police Department.

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