PEORIA, Ill. — The vandalized statue of Jesus Christ at Serenity Memorial Park is on the way to restoration.
The monument created to symbolize peace left a painful reminder of how some people rather hate than love.
A few weeks ago, the hands of the statue were broken off and the face was bashed in.
Afterward, Peoria City Councilwoman Denise Moore created a Go Fund Me that raised more than $4,000.
Pierre Serafin commissioned the monument and said that he will be able to get the statue fixed or replaced for less than he paid for it.
Currently, a sign is hanging around the chest of Jesus Christ that reads, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Serafin said he has no animosity towards those responsible, but to prevent future issues he will use a UFS Outlet Center surveillance camera to keep an eye on the statue.
He also plans to have a park dedication later this year.