With a suspect now in custody, we strongly urge those investigating the recent church fires in the Acadiana region to leave no stone unturned in the quest for answers in this situation.  It is deeply disturbing to see the surge in acts of hatred, especially in our churches, which for centuries have and remain today anchors in their communities and places of refuge for those they serve.  The fires have taken down the buildings, but they cannot destroy the spirit of those who have lost their places of worship. We are grateful to all those involved for their diligent efforts thus far and urge them to sustain this diligence in bringing those who perpetrated these crimes to swift justice.

Judy Reese Morse, President and CEO, Urban League of Louisiana