CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A mural honoring the nine people killed in the shooting at the Emanuel AME church was defaced this past weekend.
Employees at the Redux Contemporary Art Center said their building, which depicts the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney who died in the 2015 shooting, was vandalized late Saturday and early Sunday night.
Pictures posted by the center shows words and images covering the edge of the art piece.
"Event attendees somehow believed that it was ok to deface our building and infringe on the hard work of a group of artists who volunteered long hours to paint our mural," officials at the art center said.
The mural by artist Tripp Barnes was unveiled in May and is blocks away from the Emanuel AME Church.
The art piece features Pinckney against a background of rainbow colors along with a quote from the pastor:
"Across The South, We Have A Deep Appreciation Of History - We Haven't Always Had A Deep Appreciation Of Each Other's History."
"We are saddened and outraged, and most of all disappointed that a few people mad bad decisions and destroyed a beautiful work of art," center officials said.
According to officials, two of the vandals were caught Sunday morning.
"They have pledged to take responsibility for their actions and the others who destroyed our mural," officials said.