Satanic graffiti painted on SC church. Police say military personnel to blame

Images shows satanic graffiti being spray-painted at Salem Black River Presbyterian Church

Images shows satanic graffiti being spray-painted at Salem Black River Presbyterian Church

Four young members of the Air Force have been arrested after authorities said they spray-painted satanic symbols on a 250-year-old SC church that tends to draw people interested in ghost stories.

Law enforcement has been investigating the incident since September 29, when the defacing was first discovered at Salem Black River Church in Mayesville by a parishioner who went to check on the church.

Shaw airmen Kayla Marie Eilerman, 18, of Ingleside, Texas; Clayre Marie Savage, 18, of Port Barre, Louisiana; Daveion Raaheim Green, 19, of Leeland, North Carolina; and Brandon Munoz 20, of Baltimore were charged Thursday with malicious injury to a place a worship, criminal conspiracy and trespassing, the Sumter Item reported. In addition to the graffiti, a door had also been kicked in.

Deputies say they got several tips from the community, including Shaw Air Force Base personnel who gave them names of possible suspects. The damage to the church is estimated at $3,000.

Leads began to flood in after photos of the suspects were released to the media, reports WTOC.

It is not clear at this time if the Airmen will face any type of punishment from military officials.

"The United States Air Force does not condone acts of vandalism", 1st Lt. Alannah Staver, 20th Fighter Wing chief of public affairs, said in a statement Friday, according to the station.

Investigators aren't sure why the four airmen from nearby Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter chose to damage the church, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places. A bond hearing will be held for the suspects at 2 p.m., Friday. "We feel we are a part of this community, are proud to serve here, and we are disappointed to hear of this incident".