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Vandals hit murder suspect's church

Vandals knocked down the front sign of the Clover Road Baptist Church in Tracy on Saturday in what church members see as a hate crime. A threatening message was left on the church's answering machine. Although this was the first time the church had been vandalized, according to Pastor DeWayne Harris, this was not the first threatening call. Court proceedings began last week against Melissa Huckaby in the killing of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. Church members fear the church where Huckaby's grandfather, Lane Lawless, is the pastor will be the target of more harassment. "The whole church is being blamed for what one person has been accused of doing," said Harris, Lawless' brother and Huckaby's great-uncle. "Their aggression against Melissa's family isn't helping anybody." San Joaquin County sheriff's deputies were called to the scene to note the vandalism and make a recording of the threatening message. Harris said he hopes to stop more acts against the church before they escalate.

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