Friday, June 24, 2005

Nazi vandalism at Hispanic grocery store rocks Maryville

WBIR-TV, Knoxville reports on the vandalism at a Hispanic grocery store in Maryville that included swastikas amidst the destruction, and Knoxville's WATE has documented the ripple effect it has had in the community:

"When the owners of La Lupita Mexican Store arrived at their store on Sunday morning, they found swastikas and broken glass surrounding the building. The Blount County Sheriff's Office is investigating."

"'We know there's more of a good community than a bad community. It may hurt us today, but tomorrow, we'll be O.K.,' said [owner Yurisan] Cornejo."

WATE's reports can be found here:

Initial news of the vandalism (May 8)
Gathering at La Lupita denounces racism on behalf of Blount County community (May 13)
Gathering at Blount County library calls for action against racism(May 16)
Five young men charged with vandalism at La Lupita (May 18)
Teen apologizes, denies racism at heart of vandalism (May 19)
Judge sends vandalism suspects to grand jury (May 27)

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