FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) — Police are searching for clues to a culprit after graffiti with a racist message was spray-painted on a fence outside of a Fairhaven resident’s home this past weekend.
Fairhaven officers were called to a home on Castle Avenue about 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The homeowner showed them a racial slur sprayed on a fence in her backyard.
Police were initially investigating the incident as a hate crime but later determined that the phrase on the fence was a lyric to a rap song.
Investigators also learned the trail located behind the fence is commonly used as a cut-through for pedestrians.
As a result, police said the vandalism was likely random and committed by someone using the trail.
On New Year’s Day, the resident had told police that eggs were thrown at her house, but police don’t know if the incidents are related.
Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call Fairhaven Police at (508) 997-7421.