After Virginia Beach homes vandalized, community takes action to get results

Posted at 7:30 PM, Jul 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-17 06:26:47-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - The community is stepping in to take action after two homes were vandalized with paint and hateful images.

Early Monday morning, a family on Woodbridge Trail woke up to paint splattered across the side of their home. When they looked at their neighbor's yard, they say they saw even more paint and hateful images including a Confederate flag and a swastika.

"I honestly think it was some kids that have nothing better to do," says Joseph Spiers, who lives at the home with paint splattered on it. "I don't think it's race, I really don't want to think about race, I want to think about all of us coming together."

That's something the community did almost immediately after hearing the news.

Pieri Burton, a community organizer, says he posted about the incident on the Virginia Beach Republicans Facebook group, to see who would be interested in taking action on Saturday to help clean-up the home. Since then, volunteers have come forward to donate their time and services, including Electric and Pest control.

"When we first started on Tuesday we only had about five volunteers, now we're up to 50 almost," says Burton. "It's been overwhelming support  from the community saying they don't want to tolerate."

NewsChannel 3 also took action to call Home Depot before Burton went to go shopping for supplies to prepare for the event. They covered the cost completely.

Anyone who wants to help is asked to come to the Green Run neighborhood on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.