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'It's Heartbreaking': Swastikas Found Throughout Methuen

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    Swastikas Found Throughout Methuen

    Methuen police are investigating the discovery of swastikas that were found throughout the city.

    (Published Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017)

    Methuen police are investigating the discovery of swastikas that were found throughout the city.

    Tanya Aziz woke up to find one painted on her new car.

    "This is so petty," she said. "How could someone do this to ruin other people's property? We had incidents of people breaking into the cars, but never had any hate crimes like this."

    Aziz was one of six victims in the Methuen neighborhood. The symbol was on fences, signs, and other vehicles.

    For Victor Rodriguez, he says that having the symbol on his work van will make it tough for him to do his job on Monday.

    "It's heartbreaking for me, because I never thought this would happen around here," he said.

    Methuen police are investigating the incident and they believe that it may have happened late Saturday night, however, the motive is unknown.

    For Rodriguez, he says that the motive doesn't matter. He just wants whoever spread this hate to be held responsible.

    "Nobody should be going to the neighborhood doing stuff like this," he said. "I'm pretty sure that's youth, but they should be taught. Especially about that swastika. They don't even know the meaning of it."

    Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon released a statement saying that the department is "thoroughly" investigating the matter and will be working with the community to identify who is responsible.

    “No matter the intent, swastika imagery represents hatred and bigotry and there is no place for that in our community,” Chief Solomon said.

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