Police Investigating Anti-Semitic Graffiti at Apartments Near UVA
Charlottesville police are continuing to investigate anti-Semitic graffiti spray painted on a student apartment complex near the University of Virginia over the weekend.
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.