Hate graffiti painted on Victoria Islamic Center

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) - Police will examine security surveillance video after "H8" - representing the word hate - was spray-painted on the side of a South Texas Islamic center.

Victoria police reported no immediate arrests over the defacing of the Victoria Islamic Center. The incident was discovered on the day that Muslims began observing the dawn-to-dusk fast for the month of Ramadan.

The Victoria Advocate reports an imam found the blue graffiti Wednesday morning on the front side of the building. Osama Hassan says he has no clue why anyone would deface the center.

Lt. Ralph Buentello says police are investigating the case as criminal mischief.

The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Thursday called for a hate crime investigation of the incident.

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