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Virgin Mary defaced in northern New Mexico

The Associated Press
August 01, 2018 06:50 AM

OJO CALIENTE, N.M. (AP) - A mural of the Virgin Mary in one of the oldest health resorts in North America and in a historic Hispanic and Native American community has been defaced.

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The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a mural of la Virgen de Guadalupe in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, was recently desecrated after vandals painted over her face and praying hands.

It's the second time this year that the mural has been vandalized in this close-knit and devoutly Catholic town.

The mural on an old dance hall was first vandalized in January, prompting the community to come together in February to repaint it. But sometime last week, it was defaced again.

Bridget Trujillo, part-owner of Oliver's Country Store near the mural, says residents feel violated.

No arrests made been made.

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