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Kirkwood church members not deterred after BLM sign damaged for 3rd time

"I want them to know that they can destroy a sign, but they cannot destroy a movement, and this movement is very powerful," said Pastor Barbara Gadon

KIRKWOOD, Mo. — "I made that sign for Eliot and we haven't had any problems until now," said Sunset Hills resident Bob Becker.

Six months ago Becker was glad to make a Black Lives Matter sign for his church, Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood.

"It's something that the church wanted and Eliot felt strongly about, social justice," said Becker.

Since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson nearly seven years ago, members and church leaders at Eliot Unitarian Chapel have taken a stand against racism, police brutality and other issues.

Every Tuesday night the church holds a vigil for hope and healing.

"Here you see a battered church," Pastor Barbara Gadon told reporters on Tuesday.

On this Tuesday night the moms, dads and their kids were back holding their signs and speaking out against crimes against their church.

"I just think the people who did this are misguided," said Bob Becker.

 Becker's talking about the bold vandals who damaged their historic church's Black Lives Matter sign that sits on the front lawn.

On May seventh, the culprits pushed over the sign.

"The next time they kicked a hole in it and tore the plastic," said Bob Becker.

Just after midnight Monday, the vandals went back to the church that's across the street from Kirkwood Farmers Market.

"They literally just pushed it and pushed it and pushed it until they broke it off the rack I made," Bob Becker said.

"It's just painful," said Church member, Deborah Eldarrat who demonstrated with her husband and their 7-year-old daughter.

The "painful crimes" on sacred grounds are disappointing, but they are not deterring this church family.

"We want to witness what is happening in our city, what is happening in our state and what is happening in our nation. We want to witness that love always wins," says the Reverend Krista Taves, of Eliot Unitarian Chapel.

"To the people who did this, I want you to know that you can destroy a sign, but you cannot destroy a movement and this is a powerful movement," said Senior Pastor Barbara Gadon.

Pastor Gadon said surveillance cameras outside their church, caught three suspected vandals on video around the church's Black Lives Matter sign.

Church members gave that video to Kirkwood police.

Now, they hope arrests are coming soon.