Virgin Mary statue decapitated in South Ozone Park

A statue of the Virgin Mary was found missing its head in South Ozone Park. Photo by Sarina Trangle
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A pastor at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Parish in South Ozone Park discovered the church’s statue of the Virgin Mary decapitated at 10 a.m. Monday, according to police.

Officers said the head was missing from the property.

The NYPD hate crime task force was investigating the incident, police said.

The staff at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Parish, at 103-12 101st Ave., said the off-white statue is kept in the lawn, near tables and chairs.

Reach reporter Sarina Trangle at 718-260-4546 or by e-mail at

Updated 9:24 pm, January 7, 2014
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Reader feedback

Red the garbage man from Whitestone says:
In this case I believe in an eye for an eye and a head for a head!
Jan. 7, 2014, 10:17 am
Good bet from Queens says:
Good bet that whoever did this is warming up to do this to humans. Why abortion needs to remain legal.
Jan. 7, 2014, 10:57 am
Student from the parish's school says:
This is ridiculous why would someone do this . Choir practice was Wednesday and I saw people crying this is a hate crime and must be stopped everywhere. Everyone a Saint Mary Gate of Heaven school is disapointed at the person who did this. This was really low. -_-
Jan. 10, 2014, 3:55 pm

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