Graffiti vandal tags historic Old Town church

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Someone vandalized a historic church Friday morning during mass.

The graffiti placed on the facade of San Felipe de Neri drew some pretty strong reactions. All it took was a few seconds and some cheap spray paint to make an ugly mess at the Old Town landmark.

A worker spent Friday morning wiping the graffiti away and repainting the church doors.

The identity of the vandal and a motive are unknown.

Lisa Santoro, a visitor from California, said, “That’s sacrilege. That’s the worst thing that a person could do. And the person who did it should be here instead of this man cleaning it.”

Max Martin noted outside the church, “It’s vandalism. It’s a crime. They should be arrested.”

The current building dates back to 1793. It’s one of the oldest buildings in Albuquerque, and back in the day, it was the social center for the young city. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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