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Mayor Fischer calls on community to help paint over vandalism at Islamic Center

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Islamic Center in Louisville on River Road has been targeted by vandals and Mayor Greg Fischer is asking the community to help clean it up.

Red spray paint and derogatory words cover the outside of the white building. Members believe it may have happened between 6:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesday night because they discovered the writings as they left evening prayer. 

Vandals also wrote "stop terrorism" on a nearby shed and left a red spray painted watch hooked to a pipe. 

Dr. Muhammad Babar, spokesperson for the center, says members were already on edge because of another incident last week. Babar says someone tore up a copy of the Koran outside the Muslim Community Center on Westport Road. But despite those incidents, Babar and others say they still have faith in humanity. 

"As a congregation, we have already forgiven the person responsible who did this," Dr. Babar said. "We pray for him and we hope that he join us and ask us if he has any concerns and if he has a fear of unknown."

Members say this event has only made them stronger as community and realize how important it is to be forgiving and compassionate. 

Mayor Fischer will hold a news conference at 8:30 this morning to discuss the vandalism. The center will hold a community clean up and repaint the building on Friday at 3 p.m.

When and where:

3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18
4007 River Road

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