Racial Slur Spray-Painted on Evansville Habitat Home

Kimiko Vandyke says she woke up Monday to find the racial slur sprayed on her home, which she received back in 2019 from Habitat for Humanity of Evansville.

Posted: Jun 29, 2021 11:10 AM
Updated: Jun 29, 2021 9:22 PM

The Evansville Police Department is investigating after a Habitat Home on East Oregon Street was spray-painted with a racial slur.

Homeowner Kimiko Vandyke mother of three who received the home on East Oregon Street from Habitat for Humanity of Evansville back in 2019.

Vandyke told 44News that she saw the vandalism after waking up Monday morning.

"I went to work on Sunday and then I woke up yesterday morning to mow the grass and do some lawn stuff," Vandyke said Tuesday. "I went on the side of the house and saw that it said some racial stuff spray-painted on the side of my house."

She contacted Habitat for Humanity about the graffiti, who said they would come out and take care of the problem - but before they could, a third party stepped in to help.

When 44News went to the home to speak to Vandyke, two employees from GT Detail on North Green River Road were there. They said they had come to remove the graffiti from the home free of charge after hearing about what had happened.

"It doesn't take very long - it's not like we had to take half a day or anything like that," said Trent Wilkinson with GT Detail, who helped remove the graffiti from Vandyke's home on Tuesday. "Getting this off - it just needed to be done."

Vandyke said it meant a lot to her that two strangers would make an effort to help her situation.

"They came over this morning and knocked on my door, and I didn't know what they were knocking on my door for," Vandyke said. "But they asked me if they could come and spray the graffiti that was on my house off."


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