Family receives racist letter after moving into South County neighborhood

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 31 at 7:16 AM

(KMOV.com) -- St. Louis County Police are investigating an incident they describe as ethnic intimidation/hate crime in South St. Louis County.

A family said they moved into their dream home in a Mehlville neighborhood with their young son when they received a note in the mailbox.

The note said, “I see you, I shoot you,” and for the family to move back to north St. Louis. The family said neither one of them is from north St. Louis. The note also had KKK written on it.

“To suggest we can’t live where we want to live. We are hard-working individuals,” said the husband, the family asked not to be identified, “We are the epitome of middle-class America. We are independent business owners. This is quite disturbing.”

The couple said since the incident they have gotten to know some of their neighbors.

“They are just as disturbed about it as we are,” the husband said, “The ones that we’ve met.”

St. Louis County Police said they are stepping up patrols in the neighborhood

The husband said he was two-years-old when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his ‘I have a Dream’ speech.

“This is 50 years later and we still have to be concerned about this type of racism,” he continued.

Both husband and wife said they will have to explain what happened to their 4-year-old son one day.

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