UPDATE: Dallas police said Monday afternoon they are treating the incidents as hate crimes due to their locations. Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspects.
In a possible hate crime, vandals used red spray-paint to tag two gay Dallas landmarks with the numbers “666” early Sunday.
The satanic digits were spray-painted on both the Legacy of Love Monument (above), which marks the entrance to the city’s gay entertainment district and is the site of many LGBT rallies, and the Cathedral of Hope (below), known as the world’s largest gay church.
The vandals also reportedly tagged a third location, an office building a few blocks away from the monument at Maple and Oak Lawn avenues. In addition to the Dallas Observer, the building houses administrative offices for Caven Enterprises, which owns the city’s largest gay nightclubs.
The vandalism coincided with gay Pride celebrations in many cities around the nation. However, apparently someone forgot to tell the vandals that Dallas celebrates Pride in September.
Volunteers from the community spent part of the day Sunday removing the spray-paint from the Legacy of Love Monument.
Watch Fox 4’s report below.