Tenino, Washington resident Marvin Phillips was on vacation with his family, but when he returned home he found bright orange racist graffiti spray painted on the side of his house and truck.
With “KKK,” “die” and other racial slurs spread all over his property, the community came together to help.
“We were all sickened by it,” Mayor Wayne Fournier told The Olympian.
Tenino resident Heidi Russell used the local youth football Facebook page to help rally volunteers to help. The community sprung into action. More than two dozen people along with law enforcement showed up to help clean up the house so the family wouldn’t come home to hate.
Now Sunset Chevrolet in Sumner, Washington is paying to repair, restore or replace Phillips’ truck.
The father of five children said that he doesn’t believe these were KKK motivated attacks. “I am 58 years old. I know better. I’ve seen it. I’ve lived it.”
Police did gather evidence and are working to uncover who was behind the crime.
“I like Tenino. That’s why I moved here,” Phillips said.
Below is a video of Phillips at the City Council meeting thanking the community for their outpouring of support and help: