Police investigating after “KKK” found keyed into several cars in Massachusetts
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (WLNE) – North Attleborough and Plainville police departments are investigating after the letters “KKK” were found keyed into several vehicles in the communities over the past few days.
North Attleborough Police Chief John Riley said the department is currently investigating malicious damage of a car at Fashion Crossing, calling the matter “disturbing”.
Next door in Plainville, police report at least eight vehicles in the area surrounding two apartment complexes being vandalized in the same way.
“I was just walking to my car and right when I went to open the door, I saw that on the door,” said Abi Rajadurai, a high school student whose minivan was keyed in the Fashion Crossing parking lot.
Rajadurai was working at Pokemoto Sunday night when she finished her shift and came out to see “KKK” written twice on her door.
“It’s my feeling that, at the very least, someone was watching me get out of my car. Just because no other car in the plaza had any writing on it that we know of. So I just assumed that someone saw a person of color leave their car and decided to write that.”
She posted in a town Facebook group, thinking she was the only one this happened to. But then people in Plainville started reaching out to her, sharing that the same thing happened to them in the parking lots of Village Green and Willow Trace apartments.
“They were like, this is what happened to my car, and I saw the writing and it looked identical to what happened to mine,” Rajadurai explained.
The 17-year-old who is of Indian descent said she feels violated, especially knowing whoever did this is still out there.
“I’ve had, like, experiences with racism as I’m sure most people of color have had growing up, but nothing this overt. Right when we got home, I remember my dad was like, it almost feels like someone burnt a cross in our lawn… like that sort of feeling of otherness.”
Rajadurai said family friends have offered to cover the expense of getting the marks removed, but she’s thinking of covering them with an Indian flag to send a message.
To whoever is responsible, Rajadurai said she would love to sit down and have a conversation.
“I’m American. I’m American as anyone else. I was born here. I wish there was a more intellectual way to talk about this. I wish there was a way for us to see each other’s sides and be able to have that discussion and not resort to something like this.”
Chief Riley said solving this is a very high priority, and anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Lt. Richard McQuade at 508-695-1212.
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