Police are investigating a possible hate crime after a home in Kanata had racial slurs painted all over its exterior.

Philippe Savoie said he came home early Saturday morning to discover offensive graffiti spray painted all over the brick home facade, including the garage door.

Some of the racial slurs were targeted at black people, including references to the KKK.


Philippe Savoie said he came home early Saturday morning to find his home had been spray-painted.

Savoie is white, and his roommate is of southeast Asian descent.

"I was in complete shock, it was a total surprise," said Savoie, who said his roommate was also shocked.

Savoie is offering a one thousand dollar reward to help find the vandals and he has installed video cameras to protect the home.

Not clear if vandalism is hate crime

Constable Marc Soucy with the Ottawa police department said police officers took photos of the home and are looking for other evidence in the case. The hate crime unit is investigating.

He said police have not determined whether this is a hate crime, regardless of the nature of the messages on the home.

"We got to look at the motive and if [the home] was the intended target," he said.

Savoie said he will be repainting his garage door and front entrance Tuesday, but is still trying to figure out how to remove graffiti from the brick of his home.