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RV vandalized in church parking lot

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An RV used as a technology center to teach underprivileged children in the Austin and Kyle area was vandalized at the Word of Life Church.

"It's heartbreaking," said James Jacobs, the pastor's son.

In the year that this RV has been parked on church property, nothing like this has ever happened.

"It's got crosses upside down and you got one on the other side {too}," said Jacobs.

Jacobs is also the Executive Director of the, non-profit organization, N.O.W. Youth Inc.

"They tried to even use a screwdriver to try and pry the windows open," he said.

Sometime, between midnight and eight in the morning, vandals spray painted racial slurs, profanity and hate messages on the RV.

"We have laptops in there. This is a technology bus," said Jacobs. "We go to Booker T. downtown, or we go to a lot of housing authorities or we go to apartments that are low income."

To make matters worse, the vandals messed with the engine, so now the mobile computer lab can no longer travel.

"Last time the engine went out, it was almost an $800 bill," Jacobs added. "We don't know if we're going to be able to go to Booker T. on Thursday. We don't know if we're going to the housing authorities on Tuesday. We don't know if we're going to be able to go to our typical place in San Marcos. We don't know that and that is the reality."

Jacobs put $7,000 of his own money into the project, plus donations from the community.

"A lot of students, particularly minority students, are not able to get into technology like tablets...so we try to provide that to them so that they can do those things and hopefully help them out as they go into the corporate world," Jacobs added.

It may have been done in time for the Thanksgiving meal crowd, but this preacher's son is using the experience as a tool.

"I want them to see...hatred that still exists and I want them to see...it affects the whole community," Jacobs explained.

The community came together once, to make this a reality, and Jacobs says he's grateful for the triumphant return he knows will come out of this.

Church members want whoever is responsible to know they are still, and always will be, welcome at Word of Life.

Kyle Police say it's possible the same group is responsible for up to three other acts of spray paint vandalism in the area, around the same time.

Investigators say they collected evidence at the scene, including viable fingerprints.

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