Spokane PD, FBI investigate hate crime against Muslims

The words "Death to Islam" were graffiti-ed on a community center wall over the weekend.

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police Department officials and the FBI said they are investigating a hate crime against Muslims that happened over the weekend.

Graffiti reading "Death to Islam" was written on the side of a building where Muslims were praying.

"I feel like a person after a car crash," said Admir Rasic, a member of the community center that was graffiti-ed.

Rasic is a Bosnian American who moved to Spokane when he was eleven. He said he is part of a group of 100 families of Bosnian Americans living in Spokane. The group was celebrating the Fourth of July inside the building when it happened.

"To see something like that is an insult to all Americans and the American way of life," said Rasic.

The graffiti has been since painted over by the landlord, but the community has not forgotten the incident yet.

"People are so disoriented and they just want to continue doing the regular thing," said Rasic. "We all want to grow up in a safe place."

Anyone with information on the graffiti is asked to call the FBI.


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