Holy Cow!

by , under personal

Over the weekend, a Catholic Church in the San Gabriel Valley was gutted, and completely destroyed by a fire that was later determined to be arson. It’s along the route we drive daily.

Yesterday, I drove past it and realized TheBoy wasn’t going to get to see what it looked like. The odds were just too high that it’d be knocked down or fall down before he could see it. There were a lot of people in the parking lot, looking at the remains.

Today, I pulled over to take a picture with my phone. But somehow the camera just couldn’t capture the depth of the destruction. As I took it in, so that I could describe it, I realized that they’d expanded the area that they’d roped off. I also saw a cameraman, but couldn’t find a news van, so I tried to get a closer look at the other person there to see if they had a microphone or something that might give me an answer (they didn’t). But next to them was someone from the FBI, blocking the driveway.

Not knowing much about arson investigations, it seemed like it must have been more serious than just simple arson… “Holy cow,” I said.

“Where’s the cow? Mommy, I don’t see a cow. Tell me where the cow is?” (Imagine that extremely loud and extremely fast, and you’ve got an approximation of how the Oldest Kidlet said that)

Thankfully the Oldest Kidlet didn’t ask me why the cow was holy. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have just been laughing hard – I would have been laughing so hard that I wouldn’t have been able to drive.

  • Renee77

    Arson fire? Hmm… I don’t know if you knew this but I used to live in Hacienda Heights and became familiar with St. John Vianney church (not sure if Ronnie has ever heard of it). Anyway, they used throw church fairs/festivals yearly that i would go to, even after we moved out of HH. Anyway, I belong to a group on FB that just sent out a notice that the worship house at St. John Vianney was burned down. Cause = arson. Someone in So. Cal is not liking churches in that area for some reason. That’s probably why you saw the FBI there.. there’s a pattern.


  • Anonymous

    That’s actually the fire I was talking about. But the FBI was there because apparently it’s being investigated as a hate crime.