WNY family hurting after racist expletive painted on fence days after mass shooting

“I by no means actually had any interplay with him.”: Household learns neighbor vandalized fence with racial slur

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NIAGARA, NY (MB) — Within the wake of the mass capturing on the Tops on Jefferson Ave. in Buffalo, legislation enforcement throughout Western New York says its cracking down on racist incidents. One incident considerations graffiti discovered on a fence this week in Niagara County.

The Parks household has lived on John Avenue within the City of Niagara for a decade. They are saying they’ve not often interacted with the particular person now accused of a hate crime.

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Workplace arrested 60-year-old Howard Murphy and charged him with second diploma legal mischief. This cost was elevated to a hate crime as a result of nature of the assault. He was scheduled to be arraigned Friday and was attributable to be launched after, with an order barring him from having contact with the Parks household.

“This is not going to be tolerated in Niagara County,” Sheriff Michael Filicetti stated. “We’ll work collectively to verify hate will get stopped in it is tracks.”

Monday morning, Johnny Parks left his home to get a espresso. On his approach again, he discovered a racial slur painted on his fence his. Police stated it was his neighbor his that did it.

“I by no means actually had any interplay with him,” Parks instructed Minus Better.

Hate crimes are being investigated by the FBI within the wake of the mass capturing final weekend in Buffalo.

“We’re taking this and the entire different circumstances like this very severely,” FBI Particular Agent In-Cost Steve Belongia stated. “Clearly we have had a number of threats after the Buffalo bloodbath final Saturday we’re following up on every and everybody of these.”

Parks stated he moved down the road from Murphy 10 years in the past, and thru all of the years, solely spoke with him one time. Parks says Murphy’s canine went to the lavatory on his garden his and Murphy refused to choose up after his pet his, prompting a “No Poop Zone” signal to be put up.

“We have by no means seen the man once more,” Parks added.

Parks stated he would not concentrate on the hateful act, however on the individuals who helped his household.

“Residence Depot stated, ‘We’re prepared to interchange the fence. We wish to take it down. That doesn’t belong in our neighborhood,’” Parks continued.

A GoFundMe arrange for the household has raised virtually $6,000, however the household is utilizing the cash to assist others.

“We’ll use a few of that cash to purchase wi-fi doorbell cameras for the neighborhood,” Parks stated.

He stated that is all about uniting the neighborhood in a second when it is wanted most.

“Let’s educate everybody. Let’s transfer on previous this,” Parks stated. “Let’s present that we’re nice individuals. It would not matter what shade you might be. We’re all human beings.’”

In keeping with Parks, the City of Niagara has additionally agreed so as to add safety cameras to the neighborhood playground, which is true subsequent to his residence.

The complete Niagara County press convention could be seen beneath.

Tara Lynch is a Buffalo native who joined the Minus Better workforce as a reporter in 2022. She beforehand labored at WETM in Elmira, NY, a sister station of Minus Better. You possibly can comply with Tara on Fb and Twitter and discover extra of her work right here.