The Northwest Neighborhood Alliance, along with Black Lives Matter of Owensboro, met at Kendall-Perkins Park Saturday afternoon to lift each other’s spirits after a mural there was discovered vandalized with racial slurs Wednesday morning.
"This beautiful artwork has been defaced and it's despicable,” said Justin Kline, a board member with the Northwest Neighborhood Alliance. "We like to see the rich history cherished and celebrated and we take offense when somebody destroys that.”
And organizers say while they do want justice for this racist piece of vandalism -- they also want a chance to sit down with the person who committed the crime -- and show them some love.
"There is enough evil in the world,” Kine said. “This is not a surprise. This is just -- if you turn on the TV -- you see all of the darkness in our world and this darkness -- this is the overflow of this person’s heart."
And those who wished for a better future together on Saturday, Jan. 9th, say there will be a positive end to all of this negativity.
"It felt great to know that other people besides those who live in our community came out to support this neighborhood alliance,” said Donnella Cason, a fellow member.
"This is just a minor set-back-and that is all that it is,” Kline said.
The Owensboro Police Department is continuing to investigate this crime and work to identify a suspect.
As for the mural, artists have plans to cover up the slurs.