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Police Investigating Anti-Semitic Graffiti at Apartments Near UVA

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Charlottesville police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti spray painted on a student apartment complex near the University of Virginia Sunday.

Vandals spray painted one wall of the GrandMarc apartments on 15th Street with a Star of David and the word "Juden" written underneath it. A second wall near the building's parking garage had a witchcraft symbol spray painted on it.

In a statement, UVA's Dean of Students Allen Groves wrote, "The graffiti references language used in the Holocaust and is designed to target and intimidate individuals of the Jewish faith."

Groves went on to call the graffiti an 'anathema to our shared values of inclusiveness and trust.'

On Monday, the walls at the GrandMarc were cleaned, but Talia Sion, a UVA student who practices Judaism, says she's still shaken.

"It's the same thing as someone putting a swastika on a building basically. That's how I would compare it. It has the same symbolism. It has the same goal of just really instilling fear in a type of population and trying to scrutinize us and outcast us as a people."

Management at GrandMarc apartments declined to comment on the incident.

Charlottesville police say they're looking for more evidence in the area. If you know who did this, call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

University of Virginia Statement: 

Dear Students:

Late last night or early this morning, an unknown individual or individuals painted anti-Semitic graffiti on a wall of the GrandMarc apartment complex.

The graffiti references language used in the Holocaust and is designed to target and intimidate individuals of the Jewish faith. Although the GrandMarc is private property, it also represents the home of a great many students.

As a community, we categorically reject this type of hateful message, which is anathema to our shared values of inclusiveness and trust.

We appreciate the many students who reported this incident to the University using the Just Report It online system.

Upon receiving these reports, we promptly engaged the Charlottesville Police, and we also notified the Grand Marc’s management. If you saw someone painting this graffiti or if you have other information that might be helpful to the ongoing investigation, please provide that information to us using Just Report It at www.virginia.edu/justreportit/bias.

Sincerely,

Allen W. Groves

University Dean of Students