A local family has turned to Western Mass News for help after they said that they were victims of a hate crime.
Now, the police department is getting involved.
That family lives in West Springfield and said that they have never had any issues since they moved there five years ago and they never expected anything like this to happen. The family awoke Thursday morning to find the word's "Trump" and "Go home", along with scribbles, keyed into the side of their car. The vehicle's owner, who wished not to be identified, said that she was on her way to work when she received a phone call from her husband. "And tells me our car was just keyed with 'Trump', 'Go Home' all over it. At first, I thought he was joking. I made him say it over and over and I was like are you sure because I'm getting really angry and upset to the point where I was shaking and in tears because I was so angry," said the woman, who did not want to be identified. So, she came back home and saw it for herself.
"On the front and the back of the car, it says 'Trump' keyed letters and on the side it says 'Go home'," the woman explained. The victim said that she and her husband are Hillary Clinton supporters and thought this may have been an attack related directly to the outcome of the presidential election. However, one vehicle - which displays a Clinton sticker - was not touched. Instead, it was the vehicle which is primarily driven by the victim's husband, who is an Army veteran, that was vandalized. The incident makes the couple believe this was something bigger than just a random prank. "I think they targeted us because we are Hispanic. I think that if it was something random, it wouldn't say 'Go home' or our neighbors who are Caucasian would've had that done to them as well, but it was just us. We're the only minorities on the street. It's not a coincidence. This is what's happening in America right now," the woman said.
The victim told us they filed a police report regarding the incident. West Springfield Police said that they will be investigating.
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