Cross Burning at Duxbury Catholic Church Probed as Hate Crime

February 22, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

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On February 22, 2005 The New York Times reported, "in what police are terming a hate crime, an 8-foot wooden cross was set ablaze yesterday on the steps of Holy Family Church in Duxbury. The cross had been slanted against the Roman Catholic Church, doused in gasoline, and set on fire, damaging a concrete column and burning the church's front door, said Duxbury Police Chief Mark A. DeLuca... Less than a mile away from the church, a second cross, smaller in size, was found in a snowbank a few steps away from the entrance of a residence on Oakwood Road. The family attends Holy Family Church, DeLuca said. The similarly built cross -- scrap 2-by-4's nailed together -- was not burned, police said, and the family declined to comment. Police had no suspects yesterday but believe the two incidents are linked, DeLuca said."