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12/10/07-Tyler

Racial Slur Found Spray Painted On A Tyler Home

Three bedrooms, three baths, and nearly 2,000 square feet--the selling points which attracted a handful of potential buyers to a home in South Tyler.  Eddie Wills and his wife, MaryAnn said they were hoping to find the right home for their family.

But today, it was the landscape which left them with a bad first impression.  A racial slur--"Die", followed by the "N-word"--was found spray-painted with black paint, in the driveway of the home.  And the slur now has some questioning whether or not the home, or the neighborhood is right for them.

"You look at it and say, okay, what is here," Eddie Wills said.  "I'm bringing in a family.  I have small kids, and everything else, and I don't want that around me."

Tanya Redic with Harold Carter Realtors said the property was put on the market Saturday. She said during her seven years in the business, she has never experienced anything like this. "I'm not sure if that comment was directed toward myself, being an African-American real estate professional, or the previous homeowners. They were African-American, as well.  I guess somebody thought it would be cute to write that in the driveway, and it's not."

Michshawn Turner was walking her son to nearby Hubbard Middle School when she came across the words. 

"People need to get along.  Black, white, blue, orange, God made everybody the same," she said. 

And some said, even though they're just words, they can still have a big impact.

"There's kids, there's neighbors, there's people," said MaryAnn Wills.  "It affects everybody."

The realty company did have the slur washed from the driveway early Tuesday afternoon.  Tyler Police told us no one has been arrested in the case, and they are still investigating the vandalism.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.  llivingston@kltv.com

 

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