Racial slur painted on house in Morehead

Published: Oct. 1, 2017 at 6:49 PM EDT
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Police in Morehead are investigating after someone vandalized a home on North Wilson Avenue near the campus of Morehead State University.

Officers say a racial slur was painted on a house where two African-American students live.

They say a bass boat and a truck were also vandalized at another home. That's where Ethan Raleigh and Antionio Acevedo live. They also say someone broke into a shed and stole some food.

"Yeah this is just ridiculous," said Raleigh.

At another home, some tires were set on fire in a yard. Police say the crimes happened sometime overnight, possibly around 3 a.m. Saturday.

Officials say the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

"We are working, we have suspects," said Morehead Police Captain Kyle Callahan.

In response, Jim Tom Trent, the mayor of Morehead, and Dr. Jay Morgan, president of Morehead State University, issued a joint statement.

"We strongly condemn this hateful act," the statement read. "We ask others to join us in condemning not only this act, but all such acts of hate, bigotry and intolerance. We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our residents and students and will work tirelessly to bring the perpetrator of this senseless act to justice. Diversity and inclusion are important aspects of strong, welcoming communities, and we remain steadfastly committed to supporting all members of the Morehead and MSU communities."