UPDATE: Illini Softball Player To Face Charge Of Vandalizing Menorah

February 09, 2016
Screenshot of security video shows two people vandalizing the outdoor menorah at the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign

Screenshot from security video taken at the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life shows two people breaking one of the arms of an outdoor menorah.

University of Illinois Campus Police

UPDATE: University of Illinois Campus Police say a 21 year old member of the University of Illinois women's softball team, Ruby A. Fernandez-Rivera, has been issued a notice to appear in court in connection with the weekend vandalizing of the menorah outside the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign.

Fernandez-Rivera faces a charge of criminal damage to property. Campus Police spokesman Patrick Wade says a young man who was with Fernandez-Rivera during the attack on the menorah, is not facing charges, because of his lesser involvement in the incident.

Wade says Fernandez-Rivera told police she was trying to unscrew a light bulb on the menorah, did not mean to break it and volunteered to apologize personally to the Center's director, Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel.

The attack on the menorah at the orthodix Jewish center in Champaign occurred early Sunday morning. It was the third time the menorah had been vandalized since the start of last year.

Chabad Center director, Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel told the News-Gazette that the menorah, which had been repaired in the past, would be replaced with a stronger one. But he said the string of recent attacks showed the need to teach greater respect for differing beliefs.

BELOW: Security video of the menorah being damaged, released by U of I Campus Police.

Story source: WILL