The graffiti found at the scene said, “I bet you’re staying at home now, you hypokites.”
HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. – Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves condemns a church fire that is under investigation for an arson attack.
The first Pentecostal church in Holly Springs burned down on Wednesday, about a month after filing a lawsuit challenging city restrictions on rallies amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Investigators found graffiti in the burnt-out church that said, “I bet you’re staying at home now, you hypokites. “
The graffiti also contains an atomic symbol with an “A” inside, according to the New York Times, which is sometimes used as the logo for atheist groups.
Major Kelly McMillen of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department told the New York Times that firefighters had found a can of white paint and a flashlight. He said investigators, including some from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, would examine the scene.
The governor said Thursday that the situation at the church, which is about an hour southeast of Memphis, makes him furious.
Church trial alleges police disrupted church Bible study and Easter service.
A city attorney said nearly 40 worshipers were not socially distanced inside the church when a citation of violation was issued.
The judge in the church trial wrote that he feared that the church “is being conducted in an excessively reckless and cavalier manner and with insufficient respect for the enormity of the health crisis posed by the Covid-19 pandemic” , and refused to block the city ordinance. , according to the Times.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.