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Port Washington residents outraged by hateful graffiti at park

The gazebo was built in the memory of two men
Posted at 1:46 PM, Jan 23, 2017
People in Port Washington are outraged after hateful messages and symbols were spraypainted on a gazebo in Coal Dock Park .
 
A swastika and other hateful symbols were spraypainted all over the walls of the gazebo.
 
"We've had problems in the past. Kids spray-painting on our break wall. This is the first time we've had it at coal dock park," said Mark Grams, Port Washington's City Administrator.
 
City leaders don't believe this is a hate crime and think kids targeted the gazebo sometime this weekend. Police are investigating and checking to see if security cameras in the area caught the crime. 
 
"When we had problems on the before, we did get cameras and point them in that direction for security reasons," said Grams.
This is a beautiful city. There is  so much to offer here, but to do something like this because the gazebo was built in the memory of two young men. To have this done is wrong, so wrong," said Mary Jane Hensien, a Port Washington resident.
 
Those two young men lost their lives in separate tragedies on Lake Michigan back in 2012.
 
24-year-old Peter Dougherty lost his life while kayaking. Six months later, Tyler Buczek lost his life while swimming with friends.
 
"Why are you doing this. This was a project done in honor of somebody. This is terrible, " said Grams.
Employees were out early Monday morning washing away the messages of hate

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