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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The “Silent Sam” statue at UNC that honors Confederate soldiers has been vandalized for the second time in two months.

The Daily Tar Heel reported that the monument was found Tuesday with the words “Who is Sandra Bland?” spray-painted on it.

It was vandalized on July 5 with words like “Black lives matter,” “KKK” and “murderer.”

The most recent vandalism case refers to Sandra Bland, a black woman who was found dead in police custody in Texas on July 13.

Authorities have not said if there are any suspects in the two vandalism cases or if the cases may be connected.

The “Silent Sam” statue of a Confederate Army soldier was erected on campus in 1913. It’s a memorial to the more than 300 UNC students who died in the Civil War.

“Although the soldier holds a rifle, it is silent because he wears no cartridge box for ammunition,” according to UNC’s website.