Marion, Iowa Police investigate possible hate crime

MARION, Iowa- Marion Police are investigating a possible hate crime, after a family woke up to find a racial slur, spray painted on their home.

Police are working with the FBI and U-S Attorney's Office to determine if the act falls under the federal hate crime statute.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the Marion Police Department

at 319-377-1511.

“Hate has no place in Marion,” said Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly. “We must stand up to hate and we must protect our neighbors. Every Marion resident has the right to feel secure, safe and welcomed in the place they call home.”

“The defining characteristic of a community is how we choose to respond,” said City Manager Lon Pluckhahn. “I cannot find words strong enough to condemn this behavior.”

The City of Marion issued a statement:

Even before this incident had occurred, community leaders had been exploring strategies to engage the community in removing barriers around inclusion and diversity. This incident demonstrates the critical need for that to move forward so we can understand the experience every person has in Marion and how it may be different for some.

We challenge every Marion resident to rise above hate and be a part of the solution.