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‘Johnny Reb’ Confederate Statue Vandalized In Norfolk

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Police found “#2 BETTER LUCK NEVER” spray painted Monday morning on a “Johnny Reb” Confederate statue in Virginia.

The vandal spray painted the phrase in red on the Norfolk, Va. monument between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m., reported DelmarvaNow. A vandal also defaced the statue with “SHAME” in May.

Norfolk’s city council unanimously approved a resolution in August to remove the statue from its downtown location, and the city would like to move it to a cemetery. However, state law prohibits the city from immediately removing it.

“There are no new updates in this investigation,” said Daniel Hudson, Norfolk police’s public spokesman. “However, we do ask anyone with information to contact the Norfolk Crime Line.”

Vandals have targeted other Confederate statues within the past few months, from stabbing holes into a Robert E. Lee statue at Duke University, to desecrating other historical statues such as Christopher Columbus and Abraham Lincoln. (RELATED: Statue Of Slave Emancipator Abraham Lincoln Burned In Chicago)

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