Police investigate Masonic Temple vandalism as possible hate crime

FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN - Police are investigating vandalism at the Masonic Temple in Fort Collins as a possible bias-motivated crime.

The vandal or vandals painted black, upside-down crosses and the words “great tribulation is at hand.” The police are investigating this as a bias-motivated crime, according to a Fort Collins Police Services news release. Police think this happened sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning.

“Defacing religious or cultural gathering places is a particularly appalling act,” Police Chief John Hutto said in a news release. “We need those with information to step up so the perpetrator can face consequences.”

The Masonic Temple was built in 1927, originally the home to the Free Masons, a fraternal organization focused on charity work. It was originally built as the fifth location for the Freemasons — the fourth location is now home to the Rio Grande restaurant.

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