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Police Investigating Vandalism Of Dallas Landmarks

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Are vandals targeting one particular North Texas group? Dallas police are trying to answer that question. They want to know who spray painted the numbers 666 on or near several Dallas landmarks.

In all, six locations were spray painted with the numbers 666.

As it stands, police aren’t calling the vandalism hate crimes, but the first victimized location raised concerns.

Police believe the vandalism started at the Cathedral of Hope, a place of worship self-described as “the nations largest gay church.”

When parishioners arrived Sunday morning they the numbers 666 painted in red in the parking lot.

Rev. Jim Mitulsky said, “This is a reminder that Dallas is not the tolerant place we hoped it could be.”

A mile to the south of the church, at the entrance of Dallas’ gay entertainment and lifestyle boulevard, the monument known as the Legacy of Love was stained with the remnants of the washed away 666.

Oak Lawn Committee president Brenda Marks said, “This is malicious, and hateful, and cowardly.”

Monday police identified six vandalized locations, including the print media homes of the Dallas Morning News, D Magazine and the Dallas Observer.

Police do not believe the acts were random.

“Right now, we are tentatively labeling it a hate crime… just because it’s Gay Pride Month,” explained Dallas police Lt. Eno Fite. “The locations are of significance.”

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