By Celia Wu
The Sammamish community is acting to counter a series of racist graffiti vandalism in the Klahanie area, organizing a rally tomorrow (see below) and GoFundMe campaigns in support of the victims.
Some residents of Klahanie woke up Feb. 20 to racist graffiti scrawled over their property.
According to Sergeant Christine Elias of the Sammamish Police Department, 17 people were targets, with reports still coming in Friday. Property vandalized included cars, garage doors, mail boxes, street signs, and even a cement dumpster.
“A detective has been assigned to the case,” said Elias. “No perpetrator has been apprehended yet. We encourage people to call 911 immediately when something like this occurs, or when you sense suspicious activity.”
Community response has been swift. The Sammamish City Council issued a statement affirming “hate has no place here in Sammamish, or anywhere in our country.”
Raising funds for clean up
Neighbors have set up a GoFundMe page, Hate Has no Home in Klahanie. The goal of $600 to raise funds for cleaning efforts was raised in a single day. The GoFundMe page creator, Christina Riley, updated the amount to $1,000 as “unfortunately, more homes and vehicles were damaged today.”
“If those affected do not want the funds for clean up, we will purchase more car magnets or reserve the funds to support other clean up efforts if more people are hit.”
The car magnets, which contain a “Hate Has No Home Here” message, will be distributed to the community for free.