Power washers remove offensive graffiti from Zion Lutheran Church

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A Beloit business is lending a helping hand to help clean up a Belvidere church which became a target for offensive graffiti.

Vandals painted a swastika and a racial slur toward African-Americans on Zion Lutheran Church in Belvidere late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

The graffiti was quickly painted over but the church was then left with mismatched paint on their walls.

After finding out about the incident from friends, the owner of Renegade Powerwash, Jordan Carlson, took action.

“Money isn’t everything,” he said. “If you see something that’s wrong and you don’t have to go really far out of your way to fix it, just fix it.”

Pastor Scott Stolberg said, “They started doing their thing and I’m in and out of the office, checking them every once in an while, and about half an hour after they got there…they’re doing the power wash thing and it was just melting off. The graffiti was just melting off and it looks remarkable now.”

Stolberg says the reaction from the community is “overwhelming” with its support.

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