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Charlottesville Police Investigate Racist Vandalism

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Seven cars and a house were vandalized in the Fry's Spring neighborhood Seven cars and a house were vandalized in the Fry's Spring neighborhood

Some people in Charlottesville's Fry's Spring neighborhood discovered the disturbing work of vandals Monday morning.

Neighbors on Shamrock Road found graffiti with racial slurs on their property. Now police are looking for those behind it.

Matthew Ray, who has lived in the quiet neighborhood along Shamrock Road for a few years now, woke up Monday and found the words "white power" written on the back of his truck.

"First thing I did was got the duct tape out and cardboard and covered it up because that doesn't need to be seen in this day and age," Ray said.

Ray wasn't the only one targeted. Charlottesville police say a house and six other cars, including a police vehicle, were vandalized late Sunday night.

Emmanuel Recinos says his father came out early Monday morning to find two of the family's cars spray-painted.

He spoke for his father who doesn't speak English very well.

"It was shocking for him. He didn't know why this happened," Recinos said. "It's not a joke to do this on other people's property or cars. It's pretty bad."

Even neighbors who weren't targeted say these acts are eye-opening.

"I think that the hate is spreading and that's a problem," said neighbor Benjamin McClintic.

Neighbors don't have any idea who is behind the vandalism but say it should not be taken lightly.

"I've seen a lot of young folks that seem to think that this is a joke, it's fun. They don't understand the connotations that putting things like that on people's property or even saying that kind of thing," Ray said.

The Charlottesville Police Department says it isn't aware of any KKK members in the area.

Police don't have any suspects at this time and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

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