NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An investigation is underway in Rutherford County after the sign marking the future site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro was found vandalized for the second time this year.
The sign, located on Veals Road off Bradyville Pike, was found ripped in half on Wednesday.
In January, someone spray painted the phrase, "NOT WELCOME" on the sign. Police never found the person or persons responsible.
The most recent act of vandalism also comes less than a week after community members, upset about the mosque's plan to move into their neighborhood, packed a meeting of the Rutherford County Planning Commission.
The commission quietly gave the mosque final approval to move to the new site last month, and neighbors attended the meeting to try to understand why.
Mark Walker lives across the street from the site just southeast of Murfreesboro and told News 2 he knew nothing of the mosque's plans, adding, "We are fighting these people for crying out loud, we should not be promoting this."
In the week since, Muslims in Rutherford County have encouraged residents to come and learn about their religion.
Supporters and members of the mosque many are misinformed and are planning a candlelight vigil Thursday night to encourage religious tolerance.
The vigil is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Murfreesboro Public Square.