Lerae Hull’s Sunday morning began with a visit from an Olympia police officer and an explanation that several vehicles had been vandalized overnight, including her own.
When she stepped out of her west Olympia apartment to take a look, it hit her: Spray-painted across the hood of her 2006 Kia Sedona — a vehicle she had just paid off in full with her tax refund — was a racial slur.
“I just saw that and said, ‘Wow, really?’ I mean, I hate that word. It’s an awful word.”
Hull’s vehicle, plus two others were spray painted in silver with a word or message. One said, “Got youre s**t,” while the other said, “Trump.”
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In all, eight vehicles were damaged.
Police are looking for a suspect or suspects.
“I feel bad for the other folks hit as well,” Hull said. “I don’t understand people nowadays.”
Unsure about whether someone was targeting her led to a sleepless night on Sunday, she said. Hull stayed awake, constantly looking out the window. She also has two boys, including a special needs child.
Hull, 48, originally from Portland, is of mixed race. She has lived in the Olympia area since 1996 and at the west Olympia apartments for the past five years. It is the first time anything like this has happened since moving here, she said.
She had to drive her car to work and run errands Monday, with the epithet still on it.
“It’s embarrassing and humiliating,” she said.
“I don’t want that kind of attention,” Hull added. “If people see it, they see it. Hate is out there.”
Hull also expressed frustration at the amount of money it will take to get her car fixed.
“I’m not going to do it myself,” she said. “I want it done professionally, and that takes money.”
“I’m angry and upset,” Hull said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Olympia police at 360-753-8300.