Ypsilanti Township family wakes up to racial slurs, derogatory language spray painted on garage

Posted at 11:18 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 23:18:01-05

YPSILANTI TWP., Mich. (WXYZ) — Racial slurs and derogatory language, that’s what a family in Ypsilanti Township woke up to Thursday morning, spray painted on their garage doors.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's office needs the public's help finding the person or persons responsible.

The Ypsilanti Township neighborhood is quiet and diverse. Neighbors say families and young professionals live here. After hearing what happened, folks say they’re not surprised, just disappointed.

"It’s sad. It’s truly sad," said neighbor Olywyn Shirley.

It happened in the early Thursday morning.

"This might be more racial when you make a point to say "sand," and plus, if they’re middle eastern something like that. It’s just wrong," said concerned neighbor Marvin Wright.

Deputies with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office say someone spray painted racial slurs and derogatory language on the garage door of a families home on the 8300 block of Blue Jay Dr.

"I understand that it happens, we’ve seen it happen," Shirley said. "I’m not so much worried about it."

Neighbors say the community is very diverse, and that everyone seems to get along with one another. For something like this to happen is out of the norm.

"We are all different in our own way and I just think everybody should get along," Wright said.

Folks say it’s a shame this kind of behavior is still going on but they’re not surprised.

"It happens everywhere and it’s been alive and living and it’s just been undercover so now unfortunately people think they can do these things," Shirley said.

Deputies says they don’t have any suspects. If you know anything, give them a call.