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Murfreesboro church buses vandalized

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

A local church is trying to understand why it is the constant target of vandals. Most recently, vandals trashed church buses that were supposed to carry children to camp this weekend.

Not even a fence with barbed wire could keep vandals out of a secure area behind Riverdale Church of Christ in Murfreesboro.

"This door here is broken, and this window is broken," said Inner City Ministry director Edet Udofia, as he pointed out the damage to one of the buses.

Sometime over the past week, vandals did a number on a couple of buses.

"This is destruction, and it's a negative aspect of living a life," Udofia said.

Several windows were broken out, and fire extinguishers were taken off all the buses and sprayed inside, causing quite a bit of damage.

"I think whoever does this is heartless and has no conscience," Udofia said.

And this isn't the first time. In 2013 the same thing happened to the buses, but that time the vandals also spray painted vulgar language on the rear of the church.

"When I got the call, I was like oh, it has happened again, why would people be this wicked?" Udofia said.

The buses are used by Inner City Ministry for their mentoring program to transport children from 3 years old to high school age to Churches of Christ each Tuesday and Thursday during the school year for a mentoring program.

"It gives these children an alternative way of looking at life; there is life outside the inner city," the director said.

The buses are supposed to be used this Sunday to pick up kids in Murfreesboro, Smyrna and Shelbyville to take to a two-week summer camp that will be held in Sparta, TN.

"Right now we have to find an alternative to take kids to camp," Udofia said.

The church was the target of burglars last year.

The building was ransacked and several items were stolen.

Leaders said this will not deter them from their positive work in the community.

"When you are doing something that is good, I think nothing should dampen your zeal," Udofia said.

Ministry leaders said they will request a bus from Nashville Inner City Ministry to take children to summer camp this weekend.

The church does have insurance so they are hoping to get repairs made to the buses as soon as the claim is paid.

Church leaders are reviewing surveillance video to see if the vandals were seen approaching the buses.

Murfreesboro police are investigating. They are not sure if this is the work of juveniles with too much time on their hands now that school is out.

If you have any information that would be helpful to police, call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP.

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