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Mosque, Greek Church Vandalized In North Suburbs

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St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Libertyville (left) and Islamic Foundation North in Waukegan (right) both were vandalized Sunday night with the same smiley face and hateful message. (Credit: Facebook)

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Libertyville (left) and Islamic Foundation North in Waukegan (right) both were vandalized Sunday night with the same smiley face and hateful message. (Credit: Facebook)

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. (CBS) – Leaders of a north suburban mosque and a nearby Greek Orthodox church stood in solidarity Wednesday, after their houses of worship were vandalized over the weekend.

“It makes you feel like you’re hit in the gut,” said Bishop Demetrios, of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in Chicago.

WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports the bishop believes vandals couldn’t tell the difference between St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Libertyville and the nearby Islamic Foundation North in Waukegan.

Vandals spray-painted a smiley face and an obscene “hateful message” on both houses of worship on Sunday night.

“Our doors remain open, and they will remain open. No one’s going to close our doors,” Demetrios said.

Police released this surveillance image of a suspect in a criminal defacement case that has targeted nearly a dozen houses of worship in Gurnee and Waukegan. (Photo from Gurnee and Waukegan police)

Police released this surveillance image of a suspect in a criminal defacement case that has targeted nearly a dozen houses of worship in Gurnee and Waukegan. (Photo from Gurnee and Waukegan police)

According to police, almost a dozen places of worship in the north suburbs have been vandalized since last Friday. Police have released surveillance photos of the suspect believed to be responsible for the vandalism.

Leaders of the mosque and the church held prayers at both locations Wednesday to show they are united against hate.

Local police were investigating the vandalism.

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