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(NECN: Brian Burnell, Windsor Locks, Conn.) - Some might say its just a prank. Others would call it vandalism. Still, the woman who lives here says this is a hate crime.
"It just hurts me so bad I want to cry," said Darlene Fraga of Windsor Locks, Conn.
Several weeks ago Fraga came outside her home to find her statue of the Virgin Mary badly damaged.
"They took a sledgehammer or something and decapitated her and took her crown of roses and her rosary beads," Fraga said.
To add insult to injury, she says whoever did it came back a week later and put this garden gnome where the head used to be. Police say there has been a string of vandalism in the neighborhood, but Fraga thinks this is more than that. She calls this a hate crime.
Despite the pain, she has not taken the damaged statue down or removed the gnome. She's just not ready.
"I think after I get over the initial shock," Fraga said. "I'm going to take the whole thing down."
In the meantime, she hopes the vandal who did this has a guilty conscience.
"Whoever did it, God knows and you know," she said. "It's riding on your shoulder now."
Windsor Locks Police say they don't think this is a hate crime. They believe its kids committing some vandalism. At the moment, no leads, no suspects.