A 2nd monument to Confederacy defaced in Va.’s capital city

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A second monument in memory of the Confederacy has been vandalized in Richmond.

Media reports state that the base of the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument was spray-painted with red paint either late Thursday or early Friday. The vandalism included an obscenity.

Police are investigating the defacement.

The monument in the city’s Libby Hill neighborhood overlooks the James River.

The Jefferson Davis monument in the city’s Fan District has been vandalized twice.

Confederate symbols have been the focus of debate since nine people were killed June 17 at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Authorities say the accused gunman had posed in photographs with the Confederate battle flag.

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