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Graffiti

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The Nathaniel Rochester statue on South Avenue was defaced about a week ago, and a group in the South Wedge neighborhood is grappling with what to do next. 

The statue was tagged with Black Lives Matter, its hands were painted red and the word "shame" was written on its forehead. Rochester, who the city is named after, owned slaves.

City spokesperson Patrick Flanigan said the statue will be cleaned as soon as possible, “in a manner that will not damage it.” The city has a program called the Defacer Eraser that removes graffiti around the community.

Geneva Police

Police in Geneva said their investigation of two incidents of racist graffiti has led them to a 12-year-old suspect.

A swastika and the words "white power" were spray-painted on a storage shed, and two swastikas were spray-painted on the outside of a church.

A search warrant was issued for the suspect's home Thursday night. Police said they found enough evidence there to support the filing of a hate crime. They said the 12-year-old is the only person involved in the crimes.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, is being treated as a juvenile defendant.