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Racist vandals deface mural at Washington University

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Washington University officials said a mural on campus that depicts prominent Black people was vandalized over the weekend with racist symbols.

Four top university officials, including Chancellor Andrew Martin, sent a letter to students and staff Sunday about the vandalism.

“This is horrifying and distressing. We’re shocked and saddened by this hateful act on our campus,” they wrote in the letter.

University officials said there are cameras in the area near the mural that is painted on the wall of a pedestrian tunnel that connects several dorms to the rest of campus. They said they hoped investigators would be able to identify the people who defaced the mural.

Local artists painted the mural before the start of fall classes in 2020. Several of the faces on the mural were painted white and stamped with the logo of a white supremacist group.

According to Student Life, the independent student newspaper of Washington University, the messages were in support of Patriot Front. The newspaper said flyers for the group, a splinter from the white supremacists who organized the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., had been placed on campus in recent weeks.

MetroSTL.com staff contributed to this report.

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