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SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) -

Dan Foreman is a pastoral assistant at Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Sulphur. He talks about when he first found out about a break-in at the church that resulted in thousands of dollars in damage to decades-old religious statues. 

"They've been like an icon in our church forever," Foreman said. "To see them, a lot of people when they came, were really just devastated."

Parishioner Terry Sittig was one of them.  

"You couldn't help but to cry," she said. "It was so upsetting. And the way it happened - that made it worse." 

The vandal, later arrested and identified as Daniel Duplechin, destroyed all of the statues around the church property.
 
An estimate for the amount of damage totaled a whopping $125,000. Now on the road to recovery, the church has stepped up in a big way. 

"We've probably raised around $25,000 so far toward the restoration of the statues," Foreman said.  

That $25,000 coming from a benefit and in-kind donations both from parishioners and the surrounding community. 

"The people that love our church and love Our Lady's school next door, they really came together and tried to raise the funds and along with insurance, I think the needs will be met for the church," Sittig said. 

Needs, to restore symbols of faith and family.

"When we see the saints and we see Mother Mary and everyone, that's what it represents to us ... it represents our family- our family in Christ," Sittig added.

"They're a part of our history and they're apart of our family ... our church family." 

"It's like anything else ... like a family heirloom you know it's been a part of your family forever and it's destroyed. You can't replace it but it'll never be the same," Sittig said.

Donations are still being accepted by the church. They can be dropped off at the church at 1109 Cypress Street in Sulphur. 

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