Palmyra residents receive anti-religious letters ahead of Easter Sunday

Police believe it's not tied to nationwide manhunt
Posted at 10:43 PM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-13 23:43:31-04

Police in the Village of Palmyra are letting area churches decide whether or not they want to cancel Easter services, after a handful of people received anti-religious letters on their front door steps Thursday.

"I hope whoever did it will stay away," said Sharon Haak.

Police did contact the FBI and Rock County Sheriff’s Office. They said the letter is full of anti-religious rants, but it isn't threatening. Police don't believe the letter is connected to Joseph Jakubowski, the center of a nationwide manhunt.

"I think the whole situation until they find that young man it's scary," Haak said.

The families who received the letters live across the street from Palmyra United Methodist Church, where the pastor alerted church leaders to threats towards churches in other communities earlier this week. He never imagined a letter would be left so close to their church.

"I think we're not afraid because we know that God will protect us....I think people just want to get attention," said Tsuker Yang.

Police are giving copies of the letter to three local churches so they can decide whether or not to cancel Easter Sunday services.

"We're not going to let somebody stop us from coming to worship so we'll be here right," said Bonnie Willson.

"I guess we're just going to go to church just as we always did and we know God will take care of us," Haak said. 

There are plans for extra security in the area Sunday. 


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