ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) – A business in Angola still bears the marks of racial slurs after the shop was recently vandalized.
Erlinda Inniss arrived to work Monday to find racial slurs written on the wall and ceiling. She immediately called her husband who contacted the police.
The shop, which she owns, had been hit in what she describes as a “string” of racially motivated vandalisms.
“It’s kind of frustrating, someone had keyed my car with the n-word in it a few weeks ago,” Inniss said.
She also said the community had come around and shown support and sympathy, and after her car was vandalized, other people came forward with their own experiences.
“After my car got keyed, I had quite a bit of people come into the store about here, it seems like nobody is surprised by it.”
While others may have not been surprised, Inniss was.
“When we first moved, everyone was great, it was wonderful.”
Inniss isn’t sure how the event will affect the day-to-day operations at her store, and said she’s still processing everything.
Her husband scrubbed off the racial slurs earlier in the day Monday, but the remnants are still there. Red paint is soaked into the now pinkish floors and splotches of red paint cover the walls and register.
The shop currently has a GoFundMe* up to help fund the cleanup and other financial losses.
The Angola City Police Department is investigating the incident.
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