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Offensive graffiti spray-painted on fence in Lexington

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Posted at 2:41 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 14:41:53-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Lexington couple was shocked when they found a racist slur spray-painted on the side of their fence, just feet from where children play.

Arletta and Anthony Garlington found the graffiti on the side of the fence on their rental property Thursday. The graffiti including a racist slur, a derogatory phrase toward police, and an obscene image.

"They called and sent me pictures of it on the fence. And I do not know why it's there, because we haven't had any problems in this area. Until today," Anthony told LEX 18's Jacqueline Nie.

The couple's rental property sits on the corner, just down the road from Squires Elementary School, and a playground.

"How disgusting. Defacing someone's property with that type of language, especially in a school area," said Arletta. "So individuals will see that, that language. It's just disgusting."

Anthony told LEX 18 that he is stunned something like this happened in their usually peaceful and welcoming neighborhood.

"Why? I would ask them the question why? And then ask them not to do it again. Or not to do this to another person. I don't know if it's racially motivated or what the cause is for it," he said.

Arletta and Anthony called police, saying they hope it never happens again.