In a baffling series of incidents, several locations across Titusville were recently vandalized with a biblical reference and authorities are now searching for the individual(s) responsible.
The spray-painted scriptural citations have been found on various public buildings, including the exterior of a Target store, an auto repair shop, and Astronaut High School.
The markings reference Leviticus 23:27, a verse pertaining to the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur, a Jewish holy day. The references, along with a Christian cross in some instances, have led Titusville Police Department (TPD) officials and local citizens into a puzzling quest for understanding the motive behind this peculiar act of vandalism.
“We’re investigating these as vandalism,” stated Amy Matthews, spokesperson for TPD. “We do know that it is a Bible verse and that there have been several in the area.” Despite increased patrol activity to deter further incidents, no arrests have been made as yet.
The verse inscribed in graffiti refers to Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. It reads, “Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be Yom Kippur; it shall be a holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your soul, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.” This day, which begins at sundown on September 25 this year, traditionally involves a 25-hour fast, “afflicting your soul” by abstaining from food and water.
The unusual act of vandalism has provoked much conversation on social media, with many Titusville residents speculating on the message’s meaning.
As the investigation continues, anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to contact Titusville Police at 321-264-7800. Authorities are hoping to shed light on this mystery, apprehend those responsible, and put a stop to the unsettling biblical graffiti