On August 31, the Islamic Center of Grand Junction unveiled a colorful new sign installed in front of its new Two Rivers Mosque at 8th and Gunnison Ave. and held a community barbecue to celebrate. About 50 people attended the barbecue, and it was an afternoon of peace, friendship and great food.
Not three weeks later, the sign was vandalized beyond all recognition.
Last night, 9/17/19, someone scrawled all over the sign with black spray pain, obscuring it completely. The vandal, or vandals, also ripped up flowers planted around the sign. The sign was made by Bud’s Signs.
Che Bou Matar, a member of the Islamic Center, pointed out that eight surveillance cameras mounted around the exterior of the mosque may have caught video of the perpetrator. They are currently reviewing the video for evidence to give police. “We’re learning,” he said, and said as they were considering adding even more cameras.
To donated to the Islamic Center to help replace the sign and beef up security, send donations to:
The Islamic Center of Grand Junction
801 Gunnison Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
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