Junipero Serra statue beheaded, splashed with red paint in Central California

SFGate | 9/12/2017 | Alyssa Pereira
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IMAGE 1 OF 23 Father Junipero Serra, Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA.

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A bronze statue of the Roman Catholic priest Junipero Serra at the Old Santa Barbara Mission was decapitated and doused with red paint on Sunday night or early Monday morning.

The statue, on the western side of the Central Coast property near the mission's office, has since been covered with a tarp. The Santa Barbara mission has been called the "Queen of the Missions."

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The statue was vandalized in a similar fashion as another Father Serra statue in Monterey last year. That figure, which was beheaded but not painted, has since been repaired. Another, in Santa Cruz, was vandalized with the...
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