While thousands of people in the Washington, D.C.-area spent Martin Luther King Day volunteering, police are trying to find out who spray-painted a Maryland garage with a hateful message.
Montgomery County Police officers responded to a home in the 3300 block of Glenmoor Drive in Chevy Chase, where they found the words: "N-word Go Home" spray-painted on a garage.
Police believe the home was vandalized between 2 p.m. Sunday and approximately 7 a.m. Monday.
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The victims are an African American family who moved into the North Chevy Chase home less than a week ago. Richard Brown lives across the street and helped them clean up the mess.
"Horrifying," Brown said. "We've never seen anything like this in this neighborhood and to have it happen on Martin Luther King's birthday is gross. We're just shocked."
"[We assured them] that we in the neighborhood are here and we welcome them and we want to get to know them," neighbor Rheta Kasmer said.
The victims did not want to be interviewed for this story.