Racist grafitti on house focus of hate crimes probe

The city police hate crimes unit is investigating after racial slurs and swastikas were spray-painted on a home in a new community in south Edmonton.

Edmonton police chief calls graffic slurs shocking, unacceptable

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The city police hate crimes unit is investigating after racial slurs and swastikas were spray-painted on a home in a new community in south Edmonton.

"It's just terrible," said neighbour Scott Henschel, who has lived in the Ellerslie Heights community for one year. "I can't believe someone would come to this little community that's just starting up here and put something like that."

A contractor replaces siding sprayed with racist slurs and swastikas on a south Edmonton home Wednesday. (CBC)

"It's a new community," Henschel said. "There's plenty of different cultures. It's disappointing to see that kind of hatred towards a specific group."

George Merkley, the contractor called out to remove the graffiti, was equally shocked.

"People who (do) that, they ain't got much pride in themselves," he said. "It's disgusting."

Merkley said he was disappointed to see the slurs sprayed across a family home in a residential neighbourhood.

"There kids around here seeing stuff like that? That's not good."

Pictures of the house in the area of f 13th  Avenue and 51st Street surfaced on social media Wednesday morning.

The photos show slurs and swatiskas sprayed across the front door, veranda and garage.  

Police said they were alerted to the graffiti by a passing motorist early Sunday afternoon.

"We believe this isn’t a random incident but this an isolated event," Insp. Ed McIsaac, with the organized crimes branch, said in a news release Wednesday. "Although one residence was vandalized, the community as a whole is negatively affected by this crime."

"That’s absolutely shocking, it’s unacceptable," said Chief Rod Knecht after he was shown pictures of the home Wednesday.