SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Parishioners at a Sacramento church came together on Sunday after their rainbow flag was taken down and torched. Police are investigating whether this could be a hate crime.
Trinity Cathedral in Midtown has been left wondering who would do this? The act happened during Pride Month.READ MORE: 'I Have No Words': Hero's Family Speechless As He's Receives Carnegie Medal
“We found the fragments just a half block down,” Reverend Matthew Woodward said.
Burnt pieces of the church’s rainbow flag discovered after someone took it down, then set fire to it around the corner.
“It was a distressing moment seeing that because it’s a sign of love,” the reverend said.READ MORE: Assemblyman Says Local Tribes Will Help Design Native American Memorial At State Capitol
Reverend Woodward spoke about the act in his sermon. The church displays the flag to show solidarity with its gay and transgender members.
“Our church affirms the place of gay people in the community,” Reverend Woodward said. “I’m gay myself.”
Reverend Woodward says he would like to speak to the person who chose to destroy a symbol of love.
“I just feel for them because if you want to do this, that probably means there is some real unhappiness in your heart,” he said.MORE NEWS: Thousands In Attendance For Return Of California Capital Airshow
The church did file a police report. The reverend said police are still looking for a suspect to determine if in fact the act of vandalism could be charged as a hate crime