(KSTP) – Police in River Falls, Wisconsin, are trying to figure out who targeted and vandalized two black families’ homes by writing racial slurs and other graffiti on their front doors.
The graffiti included the phrases, "go back to Africa" and "child abuser," as well as other racial epithets," according to KSTP, our ABC affiliate in the Twin Cities.
The vandals also egged the houses, according to Rachel Gee, one of the victims.
Gee said she found the graffiti early Friday morning.
"I opened my window to get some light in the house and I just seen a huge spill on my window, on my screen and so I go outside to see what it was and it’s eggs," Gee said.
Shortly after, she noticed the black permanent marker scribbled on her back door.
"It’s just out of control," Gee said. "I don’t know who would do something like that."
Her neighbor, Sabrina Hightower, found the same phrases written on her house. Her front door and car were also egged.
"I’ve only been here six months and I get a hate crime on my door," Hightower said. "I turned around because I see egg on my door and I look and see all these hateful slurs."
Maintenance workers at the housing complex washed the graffiti away Friday afternoon. River Falls police confirm they are investigating the incident and took photographs of the evidence.
Both women said it was difficult to describe what happened to their young children and both are now worried about their safety.
"It just sucks for me to have to worry about him playing outside," Gee said about her son.
Hightower said she’s spoken with her landlord and asked if she could be let out of her lease.
"I can’t be here because I’m scared for my kids’ safety," Hightower said. "What if somebody throws a cocktail through my window next?"
Hightower recently moved to River Falls from Illinois, saying she wanted to get her children away from crime and violence.
"We come here and can’t even be safe because we got to deal with hate," she said.