Four people have been arrested after satanic messages and symbols were spray painted on the Salem Black River Church in Mayesville, according to the Sumter Co.
The suspects are 18-year-old Kayla Eilerman of Ingleside, Texas; 18-year-old Clayre Savage of Port Barre, Louisiana; 19-year-old Daveion Green of Leeland, North Carolina; and 20-year-old Brandon Munoz of Baltimore. Deputies say the suspects are cooperating and gave full confessions.
At 1:47 p.m. September 29, a church member checking on Salem Black River Church, 1060 N. Brick St., reported that he discovered the graffiti.
Several tips came in from the community, including from Shaw Air Force Base personnel who released names of possible suspects.
A front door to the sanctuary had been kicked in, but it did not appear that anyone gained entry.
All four were arrested and charged with: Trespassing, Malicious Injury to a House of Worship, and Criminal Conspiracy. Two other buildings on the property were also spray-painted. The damage to the church is estimated at $3,000.
Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said he appreciates all of the community response in trying to identify these suspects. However, officials at Shaw released a statement on the matter.
"The United States Air Force does not condone acts of vandalism", said 1st Lt. Alannah Staver, 20th Fighter Wing chief of public affairs.
Investigators aren't sure why the four airmen from nearby Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter chose to damage the church, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places.
The four suspects are expected in court Friday afternoon for a bond hearing.