Temple vandalized in Walton County

Temple vandalized in Walton County

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MONROE, Ga. -

A Hindu temple was found vandalized over the weekend in Walton County.

Members of Vishwa Bhavan Mandir in Monroe found graffiti and profanity displayed on their place of worship early Saturday morning. Spray painted messages included "ha ha" and "LOL."

"As soon as I saw it I was just devastated," said Kelly Dammar, a temple member. "I was in tears because this is like another home for me."

The vandalism included the temple’s statue of the Hindu god Lord Shiva. The statue was covered with black spray paint.

Investigators tell FOX 5, less than half a mile away, the same graffiti turned up at a mobile home community and at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness next door.

David Lemon, a church member, spent Monday installing security cameras at the Kingdom Hall.

"I think it's just young kids messing around," said Lemon.

Temple members tell FOX 5's George Franco vandals struck the same spot this time last year. They damaged air conditioners. Members are wondering if the same vandals have returned.

“We are a very active group in the community and are very saddened by this hate crime,” said Dammar.

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