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Cemetery Incident Near Seattle Has One Heartbroken Relative Calling It a 'Hate Crime

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"It breaks our heart because we love this community, we are members of this community, we thought we were embraced by all of our neighbors."

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After nearly a dozen tombstones were broken in half and toppled over in a Muslim cemetery in Washington state, families of those buried there are angry and heartbroken.

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"It's unbelievable that in Washington state, in Seattle, in the United States of America, that there are crimes like this," Meliha Babic told KING-TV.

The gravestone of Babic's uncle was one of those broken in half at the Islamic Cemetery of the Bosniaks — and only three months after her family got money together to purchase it, KING added.

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"This is not a property crime," she added to the station. "This is a hate crime."

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But the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office says there's no evidence of a hate crime, KING reported; rather authorities believe it was vandalism.

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"This is not acceptable by any standards," Babic told the station. "This is not how civilized people are supposed to treat each other."

"It breaks our heart because we love this community, we are members of this community, we thought we were embraced by all of our neighbors," she added to KING.

(H/T: Addicting Info)

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