Medford mayor: Hateful messages won't be tolerated
MEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) -- Medford residents are scared and angry after a disturbing graffiti spree left behind messages of hate.
Investigators are working to find who is behind the vandalism spree.
“These hateful messages and symbols will not be tolerated in our community,” said Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn.
McGlynn, law enforcement officials, and members of the clergy came together Monday on a basketball court, where some of the now-painted-over graffiti was left over the weekend.
“Hate crimes are disgusting regardless of what form they take. Hate crimes that reference a historical genocide is beyond disgusting,” said Supt. Roy Belson of Medford Public Schools.
Police believe the graffiti spree was more than just children fooling around. The swastikas and racial slurs came during Holocaust Memorial Day.
“We honestly believe that there is someone out there who actually knows who did this -- may have even been present and actually realizes what the person that did this was doing was wrong,” said Chief Leo Sacco of the Medford police department.
People who live in the area said they are sickened by the scrawling and hope those responsible will be caught.
“They know who it is because you get the same bunch of kids coming around and what they do, they pull the locks on the cars and they take whatever you got in the glove compartment -- I’ve reported a couple of them to the police. They know who the kids are,” said Sonny Porrovecchio, a concerned neighbor.
Medford police are working with state police and other law enforcement departments in the area to track down the suspects. Officials are also trying to locate surveillance video hoping it leads to an arrest.