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El Paso man faces added charges after arrest for statue destruction because Jesus’ skin color ‘wrong’

Isaiah Cantrell
Isaiah Cantrell, arrested for allegedly vandalizing Jesus statue.
El Paso Diocese
A statue of Jesus that was vandalized at St. Patrick Cathedral in El Paso.

UPDATE #2: El Paso police said Friday they had re-booked church vandalism suspect Isaiah Cantrell on additional charges unrelated to the Sept. 15 destruction of a Jesus statue.

Cantrell is now facing two counts of theft for allegedly stealing a President Trump campaign sign and a Thin Blue Line flag from the yard of a central El Paso home in late August.

UPDATE: Police on Wednesday identified the suspect arrested in the Jesus statue destruction at St. Patrick Cathedral as 30–year old Isaiah Cantrell.

Cantrell was charged with criminal mischief and possession of marijuana. He was being held Wednesday in the El Paso County Detention Facility on $20,500 bond.

In a court affidavit obtained by ABC-7, police said Cantrell told them the "skin color of the statue was the wrong color." Cantrell reportedly remarked that "Jesus was Jewish and therefore should be a darker skin color."

Meantime, the Diocese of El Paso announced it was setting up a fund for the shattered Sacred Heart Statue, which was estimated to be worth $25,000.

The money raised will also be used to assist with church security and renovations. Those wishing to donate can call 915-872-8412, or send the donation to Office of the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso, 499 St. Matthews St., El Paso, TX, 79907.

ORIGINAL REPORT: EL PASO, Texas – A man brazenly walked into St. Patrick Cathedral on Tuesday morning and destroyed an almost 90-year-old statue behind the main altar of the downtown El Paso church, officials said.

The El Paso Catholic Diocese reported the incident to the media on Tuesday afternoon along with photos showing the statue's head decapitated and one of arms and the base also busted.

According to the Diocese, a suspect in the vandalism has been detained by the El Paso Police Department, which is investigating the attack.

Bishop Mark Seitz said he was saddened by the destruction of the historic statue called the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus – his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us,” Seitz said in a statement. “I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass.”

Seitz said very little is known about the person who allegedly destroyed the statue, but explained, “He certainly must be a person who is greatly disturbed to have attacked this peaceful place in our city and this image of the King of Peace.”

Seitz added that he hopes the suspect “receives the help he needs.”
“He will be in my prayers,” the bishop added.

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  1. Ahh yes. The atheist gang bangers attack another statute. I wonder what Jesus did to comrade turner and the rest of her brood to justify attacking a statue? Did the statue come over to someone’s house and knock on the door and offer salvation? Sick individuals that all they want is destruction of those things that are decent. Maybe the Jesus statue was a cop and arrested alberto pedo muerto at some time?

    1. I’m an atheist and I hope they give this piece of garbage all the prison time possible. Just because one is an atheist does not mean he does not respect tradition. There is no excuse for this behavior.

      1. By the way, the vast majority of people who have received adequate educations are atheists. This is 2020 and we all know there is no evidence to support the existence of supreme beings or ghosts. The concept is absurd. This fact does not give atheists the right to disrespect those who still cling to these superstitions and 99% of atheists would not engage in such abhorent behavior.

        1. You’re just making stuff up again. Nothing you just said is true. I’ve worked around nothing but educated people for 30 years. Not one of them was an atheist.

        2. The mast majority of people who have received in your words adequate education and atheists are out burning down Portland, Seattle, Washington DC, Chicago and other blue state cities. The majority of these scum bags are college educated and atheists like you. Even though you are not adequately educated madam comrade turner. Looks like all that adequate education is for nil since those fools are just using ti to destroy private businesses of white, black, asian and hispanic folks. Looks like your 99% are indeed engaged in such abhorrent behavior. You just forgot to tell them not to.

          1. You don’t it nadodave. Their adequate education allows them to be outraged by tress burning but to celebrate when businesses are burning. Theiradequate education allows their hypocrisy to exist. Lol. They know we’re right nado and it drives them insane!!

        3. It wasn’t the Christians burning and looting those countless cities moron. It was the atheists. I know that is hard for you to believe because of your marxist ideology but all you have to do is look at who did it. Mostly white, ideological fiends just like you madam. You must be in a very dark place of denial to think anyone but aiethists and marxist did this horrible injustice to these innocent folks. It was not Christians that disrespected anyone. It was aiethists that demand Christian beliefs to be put down. Not the other way around. We don’t give a damn if you go to hell. Go for it. Just don’t try to put you BS down our throat because you will get push back. This country was founded on Christian-Judeo beliefs and made this country greater than any other nation in the world ever.

        4. Dude, dude… too bad you can’t delete that stupid comment. I’m completely, totally adequately educated and I’m Catholic.
          I respect thoughtful atheists, they’re welcome and entitled to their opinions.
          Insulting ALL religious believers is the height of arrogance…
          Very Marxist of you, “opiate of the masses,” huh? Disgusting.

          1. “Belief in god is regarded by the common and uneducated man as the truth, by the wise and educated as false, and by rulers as useful”. Seneca the Younger-Roman senator and philosopher

    2. This the first religious image to be destroyed by anyone. It had nothing to do with antifa or blm. It was an isolated nut job with no political motivation.

          1. I don’t think so Fedo2A. If fero2amademikegeedubb is this Albert person everyone seems to think he is, he is not also Mark Turner. Mark Turner is an idiot and a communist but he is at least articulate. He’s almost always wrong but he’s articulate. fero2amademikegeedubb is a whole different kind of stupid. He makes no sense, is almost illiterate and is a raging racist. His rants NEVER make any sense. I have a hard time even trying to figure what he is trying to say. No way are he and Mark Turner the same person. The other half-wits could definitely could be the same person however.

          2. Trust me it is Alberto Velarde. I’ve been dealing with this nut job since at least 2015. He hated Trump and Republicans. Also, white people. His original name was High420Lonesone. He role plays quite well but can’t fool me. That is a by-product of being a paranoid schizophrenic. Actually he is quite dangerous and he needs to be locked up. You recall when he was kicked off the El Paso Herald Post? His rants blow hot and cold but he is the same nut no matter how you slice the pie.

      1. If you only listen to CNN it would be one incident. But your veiled mind didn’t see the several incidents all over the country where your atheists take out their frustrations on innocent Christian churches.

        1. I’m talking about El Paso. Speaking of defiling religious places, remember when the orange buffoon stood in front of the church in WDC holding a Bible upside down?

          1. Don’t talk about your mallate mamma cabron alberto pedo muerto. At least she’s out there working the streets. You racist maggot.

    3. Nano – a few weeks ago, I had a confrontation with this SAME guy.

      An EPPD detective confirmed as much,the police just left my house.

      This psycho came on my property and ripped down my “Trump 2020” flag, stole a campaign sign.

      He was screaming “Black Lives Matter!” “El Paso Strong!” “Why are you here, you’re WHITE!” etc. I got in three good punches to his head before he drove off.
      He was arrested for my situation, now he’s in much bigger trouble.


    1. The idiot doesn’t look white. Just a typical unwashed libtard biden lover. A mesican with an Anglo name.
      At least it wasn’t an alberto pedo muerto scumbag huh?

  2. People, read my comment above. Dude is 20 years old, unemployed, not in school.
    He committed POLITICAL VIOLENCE against me.

    I pressed charges. EPPD confirms, it’s the same guy who desecrated the statue.

    He is CONFIRMED BLM/ANTIFA. He TOLD ME SO, to my face. He’s mentally ill, like most Democrats.

    1. Other than the age he sounds just like that psycho Alberto Velarde. Teach this punk a lesson. Also there is some BLM/antifa either real or wannabe nut job keying cars with tags from the BLM movement. Like the word “Crimm”. BOLO. That word in in the urban dictionary on-line.

  3. Statues and graven images symbols of oppression to some falling down all around us This indigenous activist unfortunately is 500 years too late years too late to stop Anglo Conquistadors massacre campaign in the name of #’EN HOC SIGNO VINCES’

    1. Its piling up. He’s got several separate charges pending for separate unrelated incidents.
      Possession, assaulting a police officer an incident at UTEP, etc.

    1. alberto pedo muerto just admitted IT and his other 25 mentally deranged personalities need more mental illness treatment. ITs words. IT also wants an ole white crutch. IT got tired of turners lil bat.

  4. THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS agrees with Cantrell Hes not wrong! A bronze statue is cheaper than a porcelain Jesus. But I digress. If a Black Madonna is palatable to Catholics then ut follows,also acceptable per The Book of Revelation says “JESUS HAIR LIME LAMBS WOOL AND FEET LIKE ‘BURNISHED BRONZE” Bronze is darker than porcelain its also much cheaper for you poor Covid19 broke donators out there ot like

  5. My question is how many of you have driven to St. Patricks to give the Bishop a donation to help repair the damage? I did so this morning. I also donated to help repair Notre Dame in Paris. All you so-called Christians need to shut up and step up.

  6. See? That was MY FLAG and my sign.

    Total political terrorism. Effing screaming “BLACK LIVES MATTER!” and “why are you here,” implying White folk “don’t belong in E.P.

    I’m 50% Mexican and this racist btch can enjoy prison.

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