Statue honoring 9/11 victims vandalized

Updated: July 31, 2020 08:38 PM
Created: July 30, 2020 10:20 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The New York State Police are investigating after a statue honoring the victims of 9/11 was vandalized.

"Freedom" was an addition to the Horses on Parade project. The statue sits on the median of I-490 between the Culver Road and Winton Road exits.

At the time it was put up, it also helped raise money for the families of 9/11 first responders.

A complaint came in on Thursday evening, but investigators say the spray paint may have been there for about a month.

The Chamber of Commerce owns the horse. They do not know how much it will cost to repair the damage.

The incident is being investigated as criminal mischief.

Lauren Dixon, CEO of Dixon Schwabl and Founder of Horses on Parade released the following statement:

“This is a very special horse. It made me sick when I first saw the vandalism. I’ll never understand why someone would do this. We should be expressing acts of kindness and not acts of destruction. I don’t want people seeing the vandalized horse on 490 anymore. We’re working with the original artist to repair ‘Freedom’ and my hope is that it will be back in place in the next few weeks.”

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