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Wall tagged outside Farmington LDS building

Published November 21, 2008 4:27 pm

Vandal's message » "Nobody is born a bigot"
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A concrete wall outside an LDS church building in Farmington was spray painted earlier this week, the latest in a string of acts of vandalism affecting ward houses mainly in Weber and Davis counties.

Farmington Chief Wayne Hansen said the vandals using gold spray paint left the message, "Nobody is born a biggot [sic]." A smiley face and heart were also left on the wall.

Hansen said it is unclear exactly when the crime happened, but it was reported Wednesday around 1 p.m. Police do not have any suspects or witnesses. Hansen added that police would have to learn exactly what the person's intentions were behind the message before they could pursue the vandalism as a possible hate crime.

Hansen said police have been patrolling LDS buildings in the area more closely since chapels in Ogden, South Ogden, Layton and Sandy had glass doors shot out or otherwise smashed in recent weeks.

The FBI also has added the Farmington incident to its list of nine LDS church-related crimes in Utah over the past two weeks. The FBI is working to determine whether the crimes qualify as civil-rights violations.