Hate-speech defacement “doesn’t define us” say Lancaster residents

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A community mural aimed at showcasing diverse and respectful community in Lancaster has been defaced with hate speech and hateful images. 

“I’m in shock,” said Lancaster resident Christie Dehner. She and others in the community are upset that someone would bring such negative attention to their city. 

“A few bad apples spoil the whole bunch,” added Donna Stone who has been living in Lancaster for a little more than two years. 

The racial and homophobic messages are getting a lot of attention on social media, and it’s shining a negative light on the people of Lancaster, Ohio.

“I was angry,” said long time residents of Lancaster Randy Kuyoth. “I know some people who worked very hard on the project.”

Kuyoth told NBC4 this mural was in fact supposed to shine a positive light on the city, showing a diverse community working together with them all peddling in the same direction.

“Lancaster is a city of people that come together,” said Kuyoth. “We got all races, religions, colors, creeds, backgrounds, orientations.”

He adds through this attempt at dividing this community, he believes they will come together to prove Lancaster is a city that accepts everyone. “This doesn’t define us. This isn’t our neighborhood. This isn’t who we are.”

Kuyoth also said he reached out to the mayor to see how this community can overcome this.

Lancaster Police filed a report and took photographs. Officers contacted the Parks Department to remove the graffiti.

If you have any information contact the Lancaster Police Department at 740-653-2117

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