Police in Medford, Mass., are investigating a rash of hateful graffiti that appeared in the town over the weekend. Swastikas and anti-Semitic speech were spray-painted in about 20 locations, including Tufts University athletic fields, overnight Saturday into Sunday, WHDH reports.
According to a statement by the Anti-Defamation League, some of the graffiti, which included slogans such as "Aryan Pride," was found outside an elementary school, CBS Boston notes.
The graffiti appeared on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, according to Boston.com. Although the investigation is still in its early stages, Medford Police Chief Leo Sacco vowed find the perpetrators of the alleged hate crime.
"Someone out there knows who did this, and who had the mindset to do this," Sacco told Boston.com. "We'll have to turn up the heat."
However, Sacco noted that it will be difficult to find surveillance footage, since much of the graffiti occurred on side streets.
According to NBC Boston, much of the graffiti was removed by Department of Public Works crews Sunday. In some instances, residents took it upon themselves to hide the hate speech, putting plastic bags over signs that were tagged.
Speaking beside clergy members and local officials at a press conference Monday, Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn said that the community would not abide hate speech.
"Today, we again say with one voice that these hateful messages and symbols will not be be tolerated in our community, in our home," McGlynn said.
Medford Police have asked those with information about the incident to contact them at 781-391-6404.