2 Catholic churches vandalized with swastikas, graffiti

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EL CAJON — Father Daniel Shaba woke up to find St. Peter’s Chaldean Catholic Cathedral covered in swastikas and other graffiti.

“It’s very devastating,” Shaba said, as he and other worshippers sprayed down the exterior of the building at 1627 Jamacha Way. Sgt. Michael Hettinger of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said vandals with spray paint were to blame for the images of swastikas and political images.

Deputies were later alerted to another act of vandalism that occurred overnight at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 1101 South Mollison Ave. The vandalism also included spray-painted swastika images on an exterior wall of the church.

“It’s very confusing when you saw the graffiti, because it had things that didn’t have much to do with each other,” Shaba said.

Shaba shared a second video on Twitter Saturday night.

Both incidents were under investigation by detectives. No suspects have been identified.

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