A south suburban cemetery hit with "hate graffiti" this week became the latest in a series of Chicago-area sites targeted in anti-Muslim incidents.

The Evergreen Park Cemetery is home to about 500 Muslim headstones, several of which were covered with anti-Muslim graffiti discovered Thursday by a local man who visited the cemetery, located at 3401 W. 87th St., to pay respects to his late father, CBS Chicago reports.

Chicago's Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported the "hate graffiti" on Thursday and posted photos of the desecration on their blog.

"It is shocking to find such hatred, especially at a cemetery," Ahlam Jbara, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago's associate director told the Chicago Sun-Times of the incident.

The graffiti attack comes on the heels of at least two previous incidents that targeted Chicago-area Muslim houses of worship. On Aug. 10, police were called to the police were called to the Muslim Education Center in Morton Grove, Ill. after a security guard heard projectiles whiz by and strike an outer wall of the facility where more than 500 people were praying.

David Conrad, a neighbor with a history of conflicts with the Morton Grove center, was arrested in the incident after a high-velocity air rifle was seized from his property.

On Aug. 12, a "MacGyver bomb" -- a 7-Up bottle filled with acid and other unspecified chemicals -- was hurled at the College Preparatory School of America, an Islamic school in Lombard, where evening Ramadan prayers were underway.

CAIR attorneys are contacting the Cook County state's attorney, FBI and the Evergreen Park, Ill. mayor regarding the incident, NBC Chicago reports.

"Are we moving forward or regressing?" Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago executive director, said in a statement, according to NBC. "No one should have to live in fear of being harassed, shot, bombed, injured, or killed simply because of their faith, race or ethnicity."

The recent attacks followed U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.)'s comment during an Elk Grove Village, Ill. town hall meeting that there is "a radical strain of Islam in this country...trying to kill Americans every week," a remark the Tea Party-affiliated congressman doubled down on this week.

Walsh issued a statement Friday, according to the Sun-Times, that he is "troubled by attacks on any people based on their religion. Whether it be the recent attacks on Muslims, or the roughly 1,000 anti-semitic attacks that occur every year, these incidents must stop."

CAIR is planning to hold a flash mob event against Islamophobia and hate at 5 p.m. Friday at Michigan Avenue and Congress in the Loop.

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  • Pakistani Muslims offer Jummat-ul-Vida, last Friday, prayers on a street during the holy month of Ramadan in Quetta on August 17, 2012. Muslim devotees took part in the last Friday prayers ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, which is dependent on the sighting of the moon. (BANARAS KHAN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Indian Muslims offer prayer on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan at Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Muslims across the world are marking the holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

  • Kashmiri Muslim women offer Jummat-Ul-Vida, the last Friday, prayers of Ramadan at Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar on August 17, 2012. Muslim devotees took part in the last Friday prayers ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, which is dependent on the sighting of the moon. (ROUF BHAT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Bangladeshi Muslims offer Jummat-Ul-Vida prayers on the last Friday of Ramadan at the National Mosque of Bangladesh, Baitul Mukarram in Dhaka on August 17, 2012 ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival. The three-day festival, which begins after the sighting of a new crescent moon, marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, during which devout Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. (MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Sri Lankan Muslims take part in communal Friday noon prayers on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Colombo on August 17, 2012, ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival. The three-day festival, which begins after the sighting of a new crescent moon, marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, during which devout Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. (LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Pakistani Muslims offer Jummat-ul-Vida, last Friday, prayers on a street during the holy month of Ramadan in Quetta on August 17, 2012. Muslim devotees took part in the last Friday prayers ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, which is dependent on the sighting of the moon. (BANARAS KHAN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Palestinian women pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Jerusalem, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

  • Pakistani men and children, who fled their villages due to fighting between security forces and militants in Pakistan's tribal area of Bajur, offer prayers on the last Friday of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in a mosque in a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

  • Indian Muslims offer prayers on the last Friday of Ramadan outside the Bandra railway station in Mmbai, India, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Muslims across the world are marking the holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

  • Pakistani Muslims offer Jummat-ul-Vida, last Friday, prayers during the holy month of Ramadan at the grand Faisal Mosque in Islamabad on August 17, 2012. Muslim devotees took part in the last Friday prayers ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, which is dependent on the sighting of the moon. (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Pakistani women and children reach for donated food during the last Friday of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, at a restaurant in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. For many years, Pakistan required all Sunni Muslims, who make up a majority of the country's population, to pay zakat to the government. That regulation changed recently, but many Pakistanis seem unaware and continue to pull their money out of the bank to elude the state. The food is donated by wealthy local Muslims who give money to local vendors to feed the poor during Islam's holiest month. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

  • Indian Muslims break their Ramadan fast at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Muslims around the world are marking the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)