Community helps vandalism victim targeted for supporting Democratic candidates
NEW BRAUNFELS -- Community members have come together to help a woman who was a victim of vandals after being targeted for supporting Democratic candidates.
Dede McConville had her car and political signs spray painted the night before the elections.
Franks auto and Collision, a local body shop, got the paint off the car for free and a New Braunfels ISD school board member was able to replace the Oak Run Middle School honor roll bumper sticker which was also painted over.
"I love the people here. I just want a little bit more balance, but as far as people go, I don’t care what side of the aisle they are on, if they are from New Braunfels they are probably pretty great," McConville said.
The bumper stickers supporting candidates have been replaced with a Mom's Demand Action Sticker, in light of mass shootings including last night's massacre southern California.
"The signs that were defaced were all from candidates that were Mom's Demand Action candidates, and they all believe, as most Texans do, that we can respect the Second Amendment and still get good gun laws," McConville said.
Neighbors had been pitching in by taking turns removing the graffiti painted on the street in front of McConville's home before a city crew came and finished the job.
“People were obviously concerned and I think for good reason," said David Ferguson, spokesperson for the New Braunfels police department. "And we want the public to know that we are looking into it and we are encouraging people to send in their surveillance images so we can hold somebody responsible for it.“
Police said this would be considered criminal mischief and not a hate crime.
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