Suburban Detroit Family ‘Terrorized’ with Repeated Racist Attacks

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An airman prays during a candlelight vigil on June 17, 2020.
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Tomeika Frazier, 39th Communications Squadron superintendent, prays during a candlelight vigil June 17, 2020, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. (Joshua Magbanua/U.S. Air Force)

WARRAN, MI – A suburban Detroit family wants the racist attacks on their home to stop.

The Hall family has been targeted in what the Warren Police are calling “hate crimes” three times this week, said police Commissioner William Dwyer during a news conference Friday morning.

An unidentified male suspect or suspects appeared at their home on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Six rounds have been fired at the house, a rock was thrown through the front window, tires on three vehicles were slashed and one vehicle was vandalized with racist phrases and symbols, including a swastika and “Black Lives Matter not welcome here.”

Dwyer called the attacks “disgusting,” “disturbing,” “upsetting,” and “unacceptable.”

“It’s not going to be tolerated,” he said. “This has got to stop. It has got to stop immediately.”

Warren police believe the three incidents were committed by the same person - possibly someone who lives in the neighborhood, Dwyer said. They are “aggressively investigating” and are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Catching the person responsible is the department’s No. 1 priority, he said.

Victims Candace and Eddie Hall were at home with their three children when two of the attacks occurred. The family is Black and their home is the only one in their neighborhood to have a “Black Lives Matter” sign on display, Candace Hall said.

Candace and Eddie Hall are both U.S. Army veterans. They met in the service. They’ve lived in Warren for six years and never had any problems.

The home should be a safe space to relax and spend time with family, Eddie Hall said.

“There’s nothing I can do to comfort my family,” he said. “My daughter is terrified; she doesn’t even want to be in the house.”

Around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7, an unidentified male suspect appeared outside the Hall’s home, police said. He was armed with a gun and fired four rounds at the home. One shot struck the front of the home, another hit a pickup truck. The suspect then fled on foot.

At 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, an unidentified male suspect appeared again. This time, the suspect slashed the tires of two vehicles parked on the street in front of the house and one in driveway, police said. A rock was thrown through a window. The suspect also used a marker to write on one of the vehicles. He wrote, “Terrorists,” “Black Lives Matter not welcome here,” and “Get the hell out.” A swastika was also drawn.

At about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, the suspect appeared again, police said. He fired one shot into the living room window, began to ran away and then fired a second shot at the house. Police released a home surveillance video of the Thursday night incident.

“We’re forgiving people and we’re just asking that the community help us to catch this young man that’s terrorizing us,” Candace Hall said Friday. “We’re not hateful people. We forgive him already. We just want you to stop.”

This article is written by Justine Lofton from MLive.com, Walker, Mich. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the Industry Dive publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@industrydive.com.

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