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Oberlin College Employee’s Home Vandalized; Possible Hate Crime

OBERLIN, Ohio —Police say someone vandalized the home of a faculty member at a northern Ohio college and left what appeared to be an anti-Semitic note, and the case is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Oberlin Police Chief Juan Torres tells WJW-TV the homeowners are Jewish and the note implied a reference to killing Jewish people.

The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria reports the Oberlin College employee awoke early Thursday when he heard someone outside his home. Torres says something was stolen from the property, but police aren’t releasing details.

In an email to students, college President Marvin Krislov called it “a cowardly, hateful act.” Krislov says it comes at a time of consternation nationally and locally but that such incidents also can galvanize the fight against bigotry.

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