TOWN & COUNTRY, MO (KTVI) – People in a Town and Country neighborhood are on edge after a word was scratched into the side of a neighbor’s car. The family is wondering if they are the victims of a hate crime or teenage vandalism.
Sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, someone carved the word “Trump” into the Avirneni’s car. The family is from India.
Sudhir Avirneni said he hoped it was teenagers.
“The undertones of it actually bothered us,” he said.
Police are investigating and have processed the car.
“Writing, ‘Trump,’ it kind of felt like racial intentions there, but I would think it was mostly kids trying to be funny or whatever,” Avirneni said.
But Avirneni is not so quick to laugh this off. He’s been considering buying a gun to protect his wife and children.
He said the neighborhood he lives in has many immigrants; as many as 40 percent of the homeowners are from other countries.
“We are scared this happen to him today; tomorrow it may happen to somebody else,” said Padmasai Dammalapati, a neighbor.
Neighbors said they want the family to know they stand behind them.
“We support them. We don’t want that stuff to happen. We all have kids,” said Mike Macari, who lives down the street.
In about two months, Avirneni and his wife will be sworn in as American citizens. He told me in the 20 years he and his extended family have lived in this country they’ve never had any problems with a racial attack in word or deed.