Arson was suspected in an overnight fire at a Catholic church in the Bridgeport neighborhood, where red tape was found across three doors with a rape message.
The fire was reported around 3 a.m. on the outside of All Saints St. Anthony's Church, 518 W. 28th Pl., near some cellular phone equipment but was put out within about 15 minutes, officials said.
On one of the church's doors, though, authorities found the word "RAPE" formed in pieces of red duct tape. On another door close by the words "GOD IS A LIE." On an adjacent door were the words, HAPPEND'S HEAR," written in the same way. Police removed the tape about 8:30 a.m. as evidence.
"This was obviously an arson fire," said Fire Cmdr. Will Knight.