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Rockville Confederate soldier statue vandalized

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The statue of a Confederate soldier that a Montgomery County executive wants to have removed has been vandalized.

The viewer, a part-time Uber driver, went to see the statue near the Old Courthouse in Rockville early Monday morning and discovered the vandalism. It appears the statue was vandalized sometime before 6:30 a.m.

The driver tweeted out a picture showing the words "Black Lives Matter" spray painted in black. There are also red markings on the statue.


Rockville Police Major Michael England told us that Montgomery County police contacted city police around 8:30 a.m. The statue is on county property.

At this time, there are no suspects. England also says there was no surveillance camera nearby.

Police are not aware of any other nearby vandalism, according to England.

Anyone with information should call Rockville Police at 240-314-8900.

The statue was dedicated in 1913. There have been weeks of debate on whether or not to remove the statue, with some suggestions from citizens to either move it to a museum or Rockville Cemetery, or melt it down to create a new statue dedicated to unity.

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