Vandalism returns at mosque

Published 10:30 am Wednesday, October 18, 2017

An instance of vandalism took place at the Islamic Center of Prince Edward County on Wednesday morning, the second time within 30 days vandalism has been reported at the site.

A representative from the Farmville Police Department said the incident was reported at approximately 7 a.m. and that police members have been at the site of the incident.

The vandalism on the exterior right side wall of the mosque contains graffiti reading “NO!” in black capital letters with an exclamation point at the end.

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Center Imam Khalil Latif said he had been notified by police when the incident took place.

An instance of vandalism on Wednesday, Sept. 27 featured graffiti in black letters on an exterior wall of the mosque, including a four-letter expletive starting with the letter “F,” followed by “God & Allah.” This first instance of graffiti also included the letters “IC” with a circle around the letters and two shapes drawn on opposite sides of the circle.

Police said both instances of vandalism are currently under investigation.

Police said no new developments concerning suspects have been found in connection with two additional instances of vandalism, similarly containing the symbol and letters “IC” that were discovered Sept. 28 at the back wall of Farmville Wholesale Electric Supply Co. on 301 W. Third St. — in view of pedestrians along the High Bridge Trail State Park that passes the back of the building — and an alleyway between a Walk2Campus property and The Farmville Herald office on North Street.

Police said Detective Sam Entrekin at the Farmville Police Department is continuing to investigate the incidents. Those with information are encouraged to call Entrekin at (434) 392-2127.