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Fence vandalized with hate speech about Trayvon Martin

3:13 PM, Jul 17, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A fence on the city's Northside was vandalized Wednesday with derogatory language directed at Trayvon Martin and the black community.

Dr. Cassandra Bush lives in a subdivision off Dunn Avenue and Blossom Ridge Drive.

Bush called First Coast News Wednesday morning to say vandals had struck a fence near the subdivision's entrance.

Upon checking out the scene, we discovered green spray paint had been used to racially motivated hate speech.

Some of it is misspelled, but as written, the vandalism reads, "F** Travon Martin."

It also says, "F** N****."

Bush called the expletives offensive and hateful.

She said someone must have done it Wednesday morning because she doesn't remember seeing the vandalism before that.

Jaresia Cushion also lives in the neighborhood and said, "This is horrible. This shows that this whole situation is not over and that people are really upset on both ends."

Cushion was speaking in reference to the Trayvon Martin case and George Zimmerman trial.

Zimmerman was recently acquitted after being charged with second degree murder for Martin's death.

Zimmerman admitted to shooting and killing Martin, 17, in Sanford last year, but his defense team successfully argued it was in self-defense.

It is a trial that has divided many people and ignited a firestorm of emotion regarding gun control and race relations.

Bush alerted the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to the vandalism and an officer was seen at the fence questioning neighbors nearby.

According to Gerri Boyce with JEA, the fence belongs to the utility and was painted over as of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Anyone can call JSO anonymously to report vandalism to its structures. Boyce said JEA also seeks to have situations such as this prosecuted.

First Coast News

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