Teen charged with smashing Virgin Mary statue ordered to stay away from East Side church

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The Buffalo teen accused of smashing a historic Virgin Mary statue appeared before a judge on Wednesday. 

Kalil Colbert, 18, was told he can’t go within 100 feet of St. John Kanty Church, where he was accused of smashing the statue. He was also ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. 

Colbert is charged with criminal mischief, aggravated harassment, and committing a hate crime in connection to the incident. 

The statue, which has been standing in front of the East Side church since 2014, was found with its face and hands smashed last week. 

Along with the destruction, there was a note that read “This building will be destroyed. Stop worshipping Mary, worship God. Catholics are man made religion”. 

The note was signed “Messenger of God”. 

Colbert smiled and waved to News 4 cameras in court on Wednesday. 

Footage obtained from a security camera at a nearby store showed a man dragging the statue to the middle of the parking lot and hitting it with a baseball bat. 

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