Community members rally behind Eugene family targeted by hate

The Lane County Sherriff's Office is still investigating the incident.

Posted: Feb 19, 2021 9:02 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2021 9:17 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- The River Road community rallied in support of a West Eugene family who became a victim of a hate crime this week.

More than 100 people lined River Road near the intersection of Park Avenue waving signs in support of the Visconti family Friday evening.

Cars also drove by honking their horns as a way of showing support. Eugene resident, Donna Samson, was one of the people in the crowd. She said she was shocked to learn a racially motivated hate crime happened in her city.

"It horrified me it just sends chills through your whole body to know it’s happening here right now," Samson said. "Someone would do something so egregious, so despicable and we need to be here to show our support. It’s awful."

Monday morning, Ron Visconti walked out to his car and found the n-word spray painted on his car.

Just two days before, the family found a black noose hanging from one of their trash cans. Immediately they reported it to the Lane County Sheriff's Office.

Those who attended the rally are demanding justice for the family and won't stop fighting until something is done. They said it's upsetting someone brought hate to a family that has shown nothing but love to their neighbors.

The Lane County Sherriff's Office is still investigating the incident.

Stay with KEZI 9 News for updates. 

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