The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office arrested a group of Airmen from Shaw Air Force Base on charges that they spray-painted satanic graffiti on a rural church.
According to sheriff’s office, the group members have been identified as Kayla Marie Eilerman, Clayre Marie Savage, Daveion Raaheim Green and Brandon Munoz.
The investigation began on Sept. 29 when a member of the congregation at Salem Black River Church in Mayesville stopped by to check on the church. When they arrived, they found the graffiti on three buildings and a door had been kicked in. However, it appears none of the suspects gained entry. The damage to the church is estimated at $3,000.
Sumter County investigators quickly began to develop leads in the case after photos of the group were released to the media.
“Several tips came in from the community, including from Shaw AFB personnel who gave us the names of possible suspects,” sheriff’s office spokesman Ken Bell said in a statement. “We began researching the names through various databases and social media.”
The four were arrested Thursday and charged with trespassing, malicious injury to a house of worship, and criminal conspiracy.
It is not clear at this time if the Airmen will face any type of punishment from military officials. However, officials at Shaw released a statement on the matter.
“The United States Air Force does not condone acts of vandalism,” 1st Lt. Alannah Staver, 20th Fighter Wing chief of public affairs, said in a statement. “Such behavior is not representative of the Airmen of Shaw AFB as a whole. We feel we are a part of this community, are proud to serve here, and we are disappointed to hear of this incident.”
All four suspects were given each $15,000 bond on vandalism, conspiracy, and trespassing charges. They are also not allowed off base between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. The suspects are due back in court on Dec. 1.
Maybe the U.S. Air Force Shouldn’t Have Spent $80,000.00 Building Freaks Like These a Pagan Alter…
Colorado Springs, Colo. — In the still of a cold November evening, a small gathering of pagans, led by two witches, begins preparations for the coming winter solstice. But these are not just any pagans, and this is not just any setting. They are future officers of the United States Air Force practicing their faith in the basement of the Air Force Academy’s cadet chapel.
Their ranks are slim. According to the academy’s enrollment records, only three of 4,300 cadets identified themselves as pagans, followers of an ancient religion that generally does not worship a single god and considers all things in nature interconnected.
Still, the academy this year dedicated an $80,000 outdoor worship center — a small Stonehenge-like circle of boulders with propane fire pit — high on a hill for the handful of current or future cadets whose religions fall under the broad category of “Earth-based.” Those include pagans, Wiccans, druids, witches and followers of Native American faiths.
Witches in the Air Force? Chaplain Maj. Darren Duncan, branch chief of cadet faith communities at the academy, sighs. A punch line waiting to happen, and he’s heard all the broom jokes.
For the record, there are no witches among the cadets this year. But the two spiritual leaders for all Earth-based religions — one a civilian, one an Air Force reservist — are witches and regularly cast spells, which they say is not so different from offering prayer. There also are no druids this year. But there could be next year.