COOS BAY — A letter from a group claiming responsibility for planting explosives in Coos Bay recently was received by city officials Tuesday, but its authenticity is in question.
The group, calling itself Veterans United for Non-religious Memorials, demands that the city remove the cross atop the Mingus Park Vietnam War Memorial and threatens more mayhem if the demand is ignored.
“Apparently you are not receiving our message about the Mingus Park Veterans Memorial,” the letter reads. “We gave you warnings with the minor explosive devices at the memorial and at the Bay Area House of Prayer."
“From now forward, we hold each of you personally responsible for causing deeper grief and insult to the families and friends of non-Christian Veterans."
“If the City does not now comply with prompt removal of the cross, we will take increased action against you, your staff, religious leaders and faith based structures.”
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The unsigned letter was dated Sept. 6, and postmarked Sept. 9. Its envelope bore the return address of P.O. Box 137, Coos Bay — the mailing address for The Prayer Chapel in downtown Coos Bay where an explosive device was discovered last week.
Coos Bay Police Chief Gary McCullough said FBI and Oregon State Police crime labs are still processing evidence collected from the chapel and from the Aug. 22 bombing at the Mingus Park memorial.
The letter listed its recipients as all seven members of the city council including Mayor Crystal Shoji and city manager Roger Craddock.
The letter was also copied to The World’s newsroom.
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