110-year-old statue vandalized outside Queens church

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Vandal targets 110-year-old church statue in Queens
Police are investigating after 110-year-old statue in Queens was vandalized.

FLUSHING, Queens (WABC) -- Police are investigating a vandalism incident that took place at a Queens church.

It happened at some point lates Monday night into Tuesday at St. Andrew Avellino located in the Flushing section of Queens, where the right hand of the statue of Mary was broken off.

An attempt to remove the left hand was also made.

The statue is nearly 110 years old and has been a part of the parish since 1914.

"The people of the parish of St. Andrew Avellino are saddened that events such as this are happening within our community and our city," said Father Gregory McIlhenney, the parish pastor. "We pray the individual who attacked our beloved statue of Mary in the Rosary Garden has a conversion of heart."

The NYPD is investigating the incident.


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