Marvin Phillips and his family were on a vacation when their home in Washington was vandalized with hate graffiti.
But fortunately, they were never able to see it, thanks to a bunch of neighbors and community members who rallied together to remove the hate messages and repaint the home. The volunteers included the youth football team, a Tenino police officer, some neighbors and even the mayor of the community.
The racist phrases, which included “KKK” and the n-word, were eradicated from the walls.
“It made me want to cry when I saw it. It was terrible,” neighbor Heidi Russell said.
Phillips is a very popular man in the community and is liked by many.
“I’m shocked. I really am. I’m grateful. I didn’t know what the town had did until today,” he told KOMO News.
No arrests have been made so far. Apparently, the racist attack is extremely rare in the neighborhood. Phillips was just happy his children didn’t have to witness to the hate messages.
“I’ve been out here for 16 years in the south county and I’ve never seen this kind of incident happen,” he said. “It’s a very, very good community. It’s a very small population of 1,800 and everybody knows everybody,” said Tenino Police Chief Don Moody.