Delta Township neighborhood hit hard by overnight vandalism

DELTA TWP., (WLNS)  – Ku Klux Klan symbols, racist words, and vulgar images. That’s what people in a Delta Township neighborhood woke up to discover on their homes and vehicles this morning, with a majority of the vandalism happening in and around the St. Joe Highway and Upton Road area of Delta Township.

The Whisman’s just moved in to this well-to-do Delta Township neighborhood and less than 24-hours later were greeted with vulgar images spray painted on their new home and their rented trucks.

“About two-thirds of, maybe three-quarters of the garage door and then the entire left side of our U-Haul truck and trailer,” said Chris Whisman.

With the damage leaving people wondering why this happened.

Chris’ daughter Kayla Whisman said, “how could someone do this to us? Why? What’s the reason for it? Why would people want to graffiti everything around us?”

Law enforcement may have felt the same way as they look for the person behind the graffiti.

Eaton County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Mark Wriggelsworth said, “it was probably racially motivated but, again no African American victims. We don’t think it was targeted. We think it was random. Going down the street with a spray paint can just doing some crazy stuff and putting disgusting comments out there.”

Even long-time residents felt emotional.

“When you’re taking the time in the middle of the night to deface other people’s property it’s unfortunate. It’s intolerant. It’s just plain ignorance,” said neighbor Deana Newman.

Even though this family who just moved back from Texas as you can see behind me, still in the process of getting everything out of the moving truck and into the house, they just want to put this situation behind them.

Chris said, “welcome to Grand Ledge haha. That was my first thought. Welcome back to Michigan. But, this too shall pass. We’ll get it cleaned up and move on.”

But, in the meantime they’ll scrub away one person’s poor choice.

If you know anything about the graffiti or who did it call Crime Stoppers at 517-483-STOP. Remember you can remain anonymous.



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