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      Vandals deface Father Marquette statue

      Green paint on the face of the Father Marquette Statue

      UPDATE: On Saturday afternoon, the Father Marquette statue was cleaned by Marquette city workers. Most of the paint was removed.

      The statue will be completely restored in July by Giorgio Gikas who was working to restore the statue earlier this week on Monday and Tuesday.


      The Father Marquette statue was vandalized Friday night. The face of the statue is covered in green paint believed to be from a paintball gun.Four days ago the statue was under restoration. The Marquette Police Department informed president of the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee, Emily Lewis, Saturday morning."It really makes me upset that somebody would do this--the only statue we have in Marquette. The Marquette Beautification Committee just payed $1,500 to have the statue cleaned to its natural beauty, and we paid $10,500 to restore the statue," said Lewis.This is not the first time the statue has been vandalized. Last November the statue was spray painted red.Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Marquette Police Department (906) 228-0400. A $500 reward is being offered by the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee.

      In the meantime, Lewis said she is looking into having security cameras installed around the statue. Lewis is still unsure of how the committee will go about cleaning the statue.