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Man Charged With Vandalizing Buffalo Churches

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BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) – A 30-year-old man is charged with felony vandalism for allegedly throwing rocks at several churches in Buffalo and leaving behind anti-gay messages.

The criminal complaint alleges Wade Murray told police that God wanted him to “hurt people.”

Murray is accused of causing more than $7,500 in damage.

Police say doors and windows were broken Monday at four church buildings in Buffalo, a town west of Minneapolis. Inflammatory messages on posters dealing with religion and sexual orientation were left starting last Saturday night at two of those churches and two others.

Murray was arrested Wednesday night after going to the FBI offices in Brooklyn Center. Bail is set at $30,000, and he remained in jail Friday.

The complaint only describes the messages as “disturbing and graphic.”

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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