EASLEY, SC (WSPA) – The Easley community refused to let hateful words define their community Tuesday, after the owner of a local hair salon became the target of racist graffiti.
They decided to change the narrative.
Family, friends and total strangers to Rosa Cabrera, the owner, showed up to her business and offered words of encouragement after seeing photo’s of the graffiti online.
Other’s offered free services to help take the hate messages down.
“We’re trying to change the culture and instead of everybody hating each other, we’re trying to make sure everybody loves each other,” said Rex Alling of Easley.
Easley Police Department officials said an investigation is underway after Cabrera reported the vandalism Tuesday morning.
“Go back to Mexico and take drug cartel murder culture with you,” and “Go back to Mexico,” were spray painted in white and red all over the building.
Cabrera — originally from Cuba — told 7 News she spent the past 28 years of her life living in South Carolina, and has owned the salon for 20 years.
“I couldn’t believe it. When I came over here and saw all that writing, I couldn’t imagine who could have done something like that,” said Cabrera.
A local pressure washing business, All American Pressure Washing, volunteered to pressure wash the spray paint off of the building for free on Tuesday, while other’s grabbed buckets of white paint to cover the walls of the building.
A local artist also offered her services, free of charge, to paint a mural on the side of the building in place of the hate message.
“We’re going to clean it up and make it gorgeous,” said Mendi Poulsom.
Cabrera said she is currently offering a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest.
“It’s kind of overwhelming seeing so many friends, some that I don’t know, just coming to help,” said Cabrera.