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Marion police investigating possible hate crime within community

Hate graffiti

MARION, Iowa (KWWL) - Police in Marion are investigating a possible hate crime to a home overnight.

Officers discovered a "despicable," racially charged word spray painted on a Marion home this morning.

As a result, the Marion Police Department is working with the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office to determine if this falls under the federal hate crime status.

A Facebook post shows pictures of hate graffiti written across a woman's property.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the Marion Police Department at 319-377-1511.

The city of Marion maintains the act is "utterly unacceptable" and a reminder no community is immune to racism and hate. However, Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly believes there is no place for hate in Marion.

“We must stand up to hate and we must protect our neighbors. Every Marion resident has the right to feel secure, safe and welcomed in the place they call home.”

Marion Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly

Prior to the incident this morning, community leaders have been looking to remove barriers around inclusion and diversity.

“The defining characteristic of a community is how we choose to respond. I cannot find words strong enough to condemn this behavior.”

City Manager Lon Pluckhahn

Meg Swanson

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