Pop art vandals deface 9/11 monument in downtown Lafayette; police investigating
LAFAYETTE, LA — On the 12th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, a monument dedicated to the tragedy was defaced in downtown Lafayette. Police are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspect(s) responsible.
The Lafayette Police Department reports that law enforcement was notified at roughly 8:00 a.m. They were told the “9/11 Monument” had been vandalized.
The monument was placed in Parc Sans Souci on September 11, 2002. It was constructed from two 13.5 feet long beams that were recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center. They were placed in the same direction as the original towers, and each beam has a plaque noting the time each tower was struck by planes.
The base of the monument mirrors the design of the Pentagon, and the garden surrounding the memorial is founded with soil from the field in Pennsylvania where Flight 93 was forced down.
The monument serves as a tribute to the lives lost from the terrorist attack.
“The suspect(s) had attached art work depicting two planes crashing into the beams,” Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police Department, said. “Police are attempting to identify the suspect(s) responsible.”
The planes attached to the monument were completed in a pop art style, making them seem cartoonish in nature. They have been removed and the monument is now back to its original state.
An additional pop art rendering of President George Bush was placed in front of the monument. In one hand he is holding a fist of money, and in the other a remote control.
The Russo Group located across the street from the monument says a cartoon squirrel was located on top of its building. They say it was pointing a gun in the direction of the monument. They also claim there were references to the New World Order and George Bush's involvement.
“It is very disappointing that someone would deface Lafayette’s 9/11 Memorial in such away as to dishonor the people and the first responders who lost their lives protecting this nation," Chief Robert Benoit, Lafayette Fire Chief, said. "This incident will not overshadow our remembrance and honoring of September 11, 2001, twelve years ago. We encourage the public to help the police department locate the individual(s) responsible for this act.”