Brevard: Ponce de Leon Statue in Melbourne Beach Vandalized

Investigators are trying to find who is responsible for vandalizing a statue of Ponce de Leon in Brevard County overnight.

Beach goers arrived Monday to find the damage. Someone spray painted the words "AIS Murder" on the base, along with bright red streaks along the statue itself.

Officials say the message is aimed at the Spaniard, who many say conquered the land and killed Native Americans like the Ais tribe who lived in what is now the Space Coast.

County workers cleaned up the mess early Monday morning.

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