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Crosses chopped down, 'We will overcome for the devil' painted on church

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Crosses chopped down at Bessie Road Baptist (Jan. 29, 2018/FOX Carolina) Crosses chopped down at Bessie Road Baptist (Jan. 29, 2018/FOX Carolina)
Crosses repaired at Bessie Road Baptist (Jan. 30, 2018/FOX Carolina) Crosses repaired at Bessie Road Baptist (Jan. 30, 2018/FOX Carolina)
Vandalism at Joy Fellowship nearby (Jan. 29, 2018/FOX Carolina) Vandalism at Joy Fellowship nearby (Jan. 29, 2018/FOX Carolina)
PIEDMONT, SC (FOX Carolina) -

When churchgoers arrived at Bessie Road Baptist on Sunday morning, they noticed something was wrong.

Three wooden crosses normally stand outside the church in Piedmont, but only stumps of two were remaining. It appears as if both were chopped down without explanation.

"We dont hate the sinner, we hate the sin," said member Delores Alexander. "And that's what this is - just pure sinful."

Members don't know who committed the act of vandalism, but they found an eerie message at another church just down the street on Bessie Road. Symbols in black spray paint on Joy Fellowship appeared to show two chopped-down crosses and an arrow pointing in the direction of Bessie Road Baptist.

Deputies said the words "Venceremos por el Diablo" was also spray-painted on the church, which translates to "We will overcome for the devil."

"The writing up there is trying to indicate that we will be defeated by the devil but we will never be defeated by the devil," Alexander said.

The church said it turned surveillance video over to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office regarding the incident. Deputies said they are looking to identify an individual in the video in hopes he may know something about what happened.

Meanwhile, Bessie Road Baptist isn't letting the incident diminish their spirit. Members were outside the church around 1 p.m. Tuesday repairing the crosses.

"They are going right back up... back in the air because the cross is the best symbol a Christian has," Alexander said.

Deputies said they do not have any direct leads and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.

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