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Pullman Police investigating vandalism of student's car as a hate crime

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PULLMAN, Wash. -

The Pullman Police Department says they are now investigating the vandalism of a Washington State University student's car as a hate crime. 

Slurs and derogatory messages were painted in red on the victim's white car while it was parked on College Hill last week. Police are asking anyone with information that may help them find the person or persons responsible, to call them at 509-334-0802. 

"Please remember that we share this community with many people from different cultural, ethnic, religious, educational, and ideological backgrounds," the department said on their Facebook page Monday morning. "It is important to be respectful of our neighbors and the diversity that makes Washington State University and the greater Pullman community such dynamic, thriving environments in which to live and learn. We want to assure Pullman residents and students that hate crimes will not be tolerated. Pullman PD is committed to doing everything that we can to find those responsible for this act, and to assure the safety of our community and its people."

The victim spoke with KHQ and said officers from the Pullman Police Department actually helped cleaned the graffiti off of his car. 

Police told KHQ they received a tip saying the car had been graffitied a couple of days prior to this most recent incident, but neighbors cleaned it off before a report could be made. Police say one of the neighbors told them the graffiti also used slurs and included "Trump 2016." 

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