FBI offers reward for info that leads to arrest of vandals responsible for hate crime

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The FBI’s search for suspects in a metro vandalism hate crime could now mean money for you – if you help them crack the case.

Investigators are now offering a $2,000 reward for information that helps identify the vandals responsible for painting vulgar graffiti that showed up on the side of a building at the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City on the morning of April 3.

The vandalism was caught on surveillance cameras and shows what appear to be a man and a woman in dark clothing walking through an open gate.

The FBI believes the two people are responsible for painting the hateful images, which included the F-word, a misspelling of “America” and the word “Palestine.” There were also several symbols that center employees associated with "devil worshipping."

“I would talk to them and say, ‘Why would they do that?” said Mustafa Hussein, the service manager at the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City.

“’What is it that they have against the community? Why would they have this kind of hate in their heart about the Muslim community?’ And I believe at least if we communicate, it may clear some of the misconceptions they have.”

The FBI is offering the reward money to anyone who has any information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the suspects.

If you know anything, call the FBI’s Hate Crimes Hotline at (855) 527-2847.

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