Home vandalized with hate messages; FBI searching for suspects

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - The FBI is searching for the suspects who vandalized a home and posted hate messages all over it.

Home vandalized with hate messages.

The homeowners told 11 News they are shaken up after what happened.

"No physical damage; that mental damage is there. It will be there ... at least for a while," said Saravanan.

Saravanan told 11 News reporter Katie Pelton his neighbors woke him and his wife up early Sunday morning after they saw the vandalism. It happened near Meridian and Highway 24 in Peyton.

"We saw more than 50 papers stuck everywhere on our door, window, car. They smeared dog poop everywhere and they had thrown at least, like, 40 eggs on our walls, on our ceilings, everywhere outside," said Saravanan.

"About 10 percent of the messages were racial slur on us, 'You brown or Indian shouldn't be here,' something like that," he added. "So it was frightening."

They don't know who did it or why.

Katie Pelton: "Why do you think anyone would do something like this?
Saravanan: "I have no idea. I have no idea."

They think it was a large group because of all the damage.

“Definitely more than one person," he said. "They think at least a group of eight to 10 people must have been there.”

Among all the hate, there is a message of hope. The family said all of their neighbors came together and completely cleaned up their house.

“It was a mixed message in on one side we see this kind of thing happening, and on the other side, we have really good people and helping us all the time," said Saravanan. "I want to thank God for giving us good neighbors and I hope this thing doesn’t continue in the future.”

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office turned the case over to the FBI because it's a hate crime.

"This hatedness is not the right thing," Saravanan added. "Try to forgive, that is the thing you know."