Air Force Service Members Accused of Painting Satanic Graffiti on South Carolina Church

MAYESVILLE, S.C. — Four Air Force service members have been arrested after surveillance footage connected them to a recent act of vandalism at a historic South Carolina church.

Kayla Eilerman, 18, Clayre Savage, 18, Daveion Green, 19, and Brandon Munoz, 20, are facing charges of malicious injury to a house of worship, conspiracy and trespassing surrounding the incident, which occurred late last month. They all are stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, approximately 25 miles away.

According to reports, on Sept. 29, a member of Salem Black River Presbyterian Church in Mayesville called police after discovering that the church had been defaced with pentagrams, an upside-down cross and the word “Satan.” 20 spray-painted markings were found around the exterior of the church and two other buildings on the property. A door had also been kicked in.

Police soon released images from the church’s security footage, which led to tips from the general public.

“Several tips came in from the community, including from Shaw AFB personnel who gave us the names of possible suspects,” Ken Bell, spokesperson for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement. “We began researching the names through various databases and social media.”

The four were then arrested on Thursday and held on $15,000 bond at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. According to the Sumter Item, all four confessed to their part in the crime.

“The United States Air Force does not condone acts of vandalism,” remarked 1st Lt. Alannah Staver, who serves as  chief of public affairs for the 20th Fighter Wing. “Such behavior is not representative of the Airmen of Shaw AFB as a whole. We feel we are a part of this community, are proud to serve here, and we are disappointed to hear of this incident.”

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The airmen have now been prohibited from leaving the base between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5 a.m., and face possible further disciplinary action.

“I would hope that these young people learn from their mistake and are able to move forward and have a good career and good life ahead of them,” Bell told reporters. “This just shows the seriousness of what can happen when someone does something like this. They see it as a night of foolishness and a night of fun and games. They didn’t realize how serious it is, because this put fear into some of the church members and some of them were afraid to go to church.”

“This is a little small church out in the country that, quite frankly, is an older congregation and they were quite taken aback by some of this,” he said.

Salem Black River Presbyterian Church was founded in 1759 by Scott-Irish settlers. It was listed in the National Register in 1978.

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  • Robin Egg

    United States Air Force….their punishment? Restricted to base from 6 pm to 5 am. Further disciplinary action may be faced. What? Are they having their cookies and milk taken away for a week before naptime? Perhaps a day without recess? USAF has become so sissified that it is frightening. And the same, tired, worn out statement of “such behavior is not representative of the airmen”. Really? Then what are they representing? Where is the leadership gone?

    • james blue

      Punishment doesn’t come until conviction. No matter how cut and dry the evidence appears to be. If they were civilians do you think they would be locked up without bail while they await trial?

      • bowie1

        Some who are charged are indeed locked up until trial and if convicted the time spent is taken off their sentence.

        • james blue

          for things like murder, armed robbery or rape, not vandalism.

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        in the military there is non-judicial punishment ………. no trial is required ….. their commander can execute the sentence ………..

        • james blue

          AT the moment they are under investigation.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            sure …. still does not preclude what was said ………. it is the commanders discretion ……..

          • james blue

            And if you read the article you’ll note that future action could be taken. The thing they are accused of is a civilian crime committed out of uniform off base, not a military one. While in this case it seems unlikely, they could be found innocent.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            but that does not limit the commanders discretion ….. no matter where it was committed ….. UCMJ gives command a very liberal hand in dealing with command members ……. and they are ……..

          • james blue

            Except they haven’t been found guilty of anything yet.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            the commander can find them guilty without any input from anyone ……. it is non-judicial punishment ..

          • getstryker

            According to the article – it is reported:
            ” . . . all four confessed to their part in the crime.”

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            Non-judicial punishment (or NJP) is any form of punishment that may be applied to individual military personnel, without a need for a court martial or similar proceedings.

          • james blue

            Sigh.

          • Chet

            Those on active duty are never “out of uniform” in reality…

        • peanut butter

          He’s probably a satanist, too

  • Herb Planter

    great hope these guy will now come to Christ and turn into great Christians. Praise Jesus!

  • InTheChurch

    A dishonorable discharge is appropriate here.

    • Off Shore

      Preferable after their Courts-martial and short stay in Ft Leavenworth.

  • Ed Jenkins

    I retired from the Air Force after 20 years of honorable service. I am embarrassed and angered by the actions of these immature airmen. There are many fine young men and women in our military that America can be proud of. Unfortunately, these four do not fall into that category and cast a dark shadow on those that are serving honorably. I feel that they are not worthy to wear the uniform and should be discharged.

  • Seerightthere!

    This is not an act of vandalism. This is a Hate crime and should be prosecuted as such.

  • Scott Davenport

    As former AF, I wouldn’t want to be any of these idiots right now. Everyone on base knows who they are, and they have a boatload to deal with now…..loss of rank and promotion ops….mights well get out when their time is up at this point as career is toast in todays climate….

  • Court marshal and dishonorable discharge.

    • ThePantomimePrincessMargaret

      And then the death penalty, eh? Gotta give full reign to the blood lust…

      • Your village is missing one of their “special people” aren’t they.

        • ThePantomimePrincessMargaret

          Well, if you don’t see how you’re coming across a little bit too enthusiastic to destroy people you disagree with, consider yourself newly-illuminated.

          • You are the weakest link in the chain of common sense.

          • ThePantomimePrincessMargaret

            Whose sense is it “common” to? You and a bunch of angry alt-right fundamentalists?

          • When you mature enough to have an adult conversation, let me know. Until then, goodbye.

          • ThePantomimePrincessMargaret

            Well, don’t call ridiculous hateful behavior “common sense” for God’s sake.

          • daniel wright

            You back Satanist Christian haters actions and call Doug’s behavior hateful??????

          • ThePantomimePrincessMargaret

            Christian hater? Citation please.

          • daniel wright

            Your words speak for themselves.

          • ThePantomimePrincessMargaret

            No citation? Noted. Thanks.

          • daniel wright

            You read my answer.

          • ThePantomimePrincessMargaret

            Not that it made much sense, I don’t back Satanists.

          • daniel wright

            You’re attacking people who disagree with them. You call them hateful even though it was the Satanists that committed the hate crime. You accuse someone who supports punishing them according to the UCMJ of wanting to impose the death penalty. Every post of yours in this matter was in support of the perps. What am I supposed to think? Your words give you away.

          • ThePantomimePrincessMargaret

            My comments were to Doug and serve to point out that he is possibly a little overzealous in wanting to exact some kind of act of retaliation or revenge. That’s all. I don’t support the people in the story.

          • daniel wright

            All Doug was advocating was just punishment for a crime. You seem to think that justice is revenge. It’s not. You accused him of having a blood lust and wanting the death penalty. It is you who is over zealous in your attacks on someone who only wants justice to prevail. Do you think the crime should be overlooked and considered just the lark of a few foolish youths? Boys will be boys eh? If the church were a black church Jackson and Sharpton would be demanding their heads on a platter. I see you also accused Doug of being “alt right”. Your bleeding heart is clouding your judgement. You say Doug’s behavior is hateful. He isn’t the one who defiled a house of worship. I have yet to see you admit that the Satanists actually did anything wrong.

          • ThePantomimePrincessMargaret

            I don’t know where you ever got the idea that I’m excusing the people in this story. I know from reading Doug’s posts that he wants vengeance, which goes against the words in the Bible – “Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord”.

          • daniel wright

            I will say this once more. This time with extra emphasis. JUSTICE IS NOT VENGEANCE!!!!! Is that plain enough?

          • ThePantomimePrincessMargaret

            Who’s arguing with you? How many of Doug’s posts have you actually READ?

          • daniel wright

            On this subject, all of them. I’m not arguing,I’m defending Doug from your unwarranted attacks.

          • getstryker

            Why waste your time with someone with an IQ 3 points below a carrot!

          • daniel wright

            I don’t agree with hate crime laws as such but if this doesn’t qualify as one then nothing should.

      • daniel wright

        You think Doug wants the death penalty (your words) and (HE) is a little too enthusiastic??? You think he just disagrees with the perps? If this were racists defiling a black church it would be classified a hate crime. What makes this (NOT) one?

  • Adri Smit

    They probably argue that bad publicity is still publicity, sort of a short way to make you famous. Some young people’s minds are very twisted nowadays. They have a total lack of wisdom. On the other hand God still sits on the throne. Let’s pray that they make a U-turn from their destructive belief-system and behaviour

  • Jack-b-Quicker

    How is it fun to terrorize a church? Go terrorize a biker bar instead.

  • Feed ’em to the gators

    • Cady555

      Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

      Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

      • I never said they couldn’t be forgiven. There are always repercussions to the choices we make in life – even Christians. Ever read the Old Testament? God was there as well.

      • I was only kidding about feeding them to gators. That’s a bit extreme.

      • daniel wright

        That was about personal conflicts. Jesus also said to render unto Cesar what is Cesar’s. In other words, obey the law.

  • Brenda

    Who wouldn’t be, young or old, disturbed by satanic marking on their church, satan is death. Dishonorable discharge to me is proper. Maybe the other soldiers wouldn’t want to have to depend on these satan worshipers to have their 6.

  • Cady555

    Vandalism is always wrong.

    But it is not a capital offense. These were kids, probably drunk, who need to face consequences and make restitution.

    But doesn’t the bible have something to say about mercy and forgiveness?

    • What does the Bible have to do with it? When you commit a crime, you answer to the law & the courts of that state & sometimes the law of the country as far as federal government. Crime-Judge-Jail. Some get off with fine & probation. Only time the Bible comes into play in this equation is when you place your hand on it before testifying in court.

      • Cady555

        The bible does not apply when people claiming to be christians demand vengeance, and refuse to express mercy.

        The bible does apply when people who do not claim to be christian want secular, non christian recognition of their family.

        This is really confusing.

        • daniel wright

          Since when is justice vengeance?

  • Roy

    Undesirable discharge, absolutely! Anything less is sending a strong message that vandalism is OK and even in the military you can get away with it.

  • peanut butter

    “The United States Air Force does not condone acts of vandalism”. But apparently they DO allow Satanism in their ranks.