GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A 9/11 memorial at Upstate Granite Solutions was vandalized Sunday morning, according to the company’s Founder and CEO Paul Nichols.
The company created a replica of the North and South towers to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The two towers of granite had light beams installed through the middle and were surrounded by American flags.
According to Nichols, someone spray painted the base of the monument and one of the towers with the word “Taliban.”
“We spent the time and money on this monument in order to bring our community together and unite over the memory of those who died on the attacks 20 years ago, as well as, those first responders who willingly laid down their lives to serve others,” Nichols said.
Employees were able to remove the spray paint Sunday morning. The company filed a report with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office said the suspect, driving a gray SUV, vandalized the memorial around 7:30am.
Surveillance photos of suspect’s vehicle (From: Greenville Co. Sheriff’s Office)
Investigators said the man was wearing a dark hat, white shirt, and dark pants.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-23-CRIME.
The memorial has since been cleaned up.