Reston church hit by graffiti and fire after Roe V. Wade decision: cops

RESTON, VA – A Catholic church in Reston was vandalized with spray paint following the recent Supreme Court decision that struck down Roe v. Wade, the Fairfax County Police Department confirmed. Someone also started a fire on the church grounds, officers said.

Police say the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responded to St. John Neumann Catholic Community Church on Lawyers Road after receiving a call for smoldering mulch around 7 a.m. Sunday.

Police said firefighters determined an accelerant was likely used in the blaze. While there, they noticed spray-painted graffiti on a sign at the entrance to the church.

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Officers said firefighters also found three additional locations at the back of the church damaged by graffiti.

“The spray-painted remarks were related to the recent Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision. Officers are working with church staff to review surveillance footage,” police said in a news release.

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Additionally, police said they have increased patrols at the church and other places of worship.

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