Vandals trash Northeast Austin church

A piano was pushed off a stage when vandals broke into a Northeast Austin church. (Erin Cargile/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A church group is cleaning up after they say their Northeast Austin building was vandalized over the weekend.

It happened at the St. John’s Regular Baptist District Association, a place where dozens of churches hold events, near Cameron Road and U.S. 183. Sometime between Friday night and noon Monday, church officials say their building was broken into.

“My heart is saddened, my heart is hurting,” said Rev. Emanuel Limuel Jr. “They are destroying God’s house.”

The vandals pushed a grand piano off a stage, causing in to land on its top. Several walls were also spray-painted and multiple windows were broken. Church workers do not believe anything was stolen.

“I raise the question, ‘where is your mind? Why would you do these things?'” Limuel said.

Windows have been broken here in the past, but “nothing to the extent of writing on the walls, nothing to the extent of turning over a baby grand piano, and setting rugs on fire,” the reverend added.

Reverend Frank Cage discovered the damage.

“It do kinda set a fuse off on the inside,” he said. Cage helps maintain the building and spotted kids leaving when he showed up Friday. Members are hopeful Austin police will find clues that point to the culprits. “If they gonna do it here, and they get away with it, they’re going somewhere else.”

“We have to pray for them, we have to be very vigilant, very watchful and that we have to really pray that justice is done,” Limuel added.

Several windows were broken and walls were spray-painted. (Erin Cargile/KXAN)
Several windows were broken and walls were spray-painted. (Erin Cargile/KXAN)

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