City cleans up religious graffiti painted on downtown Kent gazebo

Image of white spray paint reading "Jesus is King" on the floor of the gazebo
Graffiti was left on the gazebo in downtown Kent and discovered Sept. 21, 2022. Submitted photo

Vandals struck the Kent city gazebo at the corner of Franklin Avenue and West Main Street, spray painting the phrase “Jesus is King” on its wooden floorboards.

Hometown Bank employee Marilyn Sessions discovered the vandalism Sept. 21 when she met with her prayer group. The group meets at the gazebo the third Wednesday of each month, but had nothing to do with the graffiti, she said.

Kent Parks and Rec employees cleaned up the graffiti Thursday, Director Angela Manley said. There are no plans to try to identify the culprits.

“We don’t look into that because we’d be doing that almost daily,” she said. “Our crews are cleaning up graffiti year round.”

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Wendy DiAlesandro is a former Record Publishing Co. reporter and contributing writer for The Portager.