Muslim students' car vandalized with racial slurs at Lake Chelan

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 7 at 6:20 PM

A Labor Day vacation to Lake Chelan ended with ugly racial slurs against nine Seattle area college students. Now, there's a call for the FBI to investigate the incident as a hate crime.
 
The group of Muslim students learned a cruel lesson last weekend when they drove to Lake Chelan to jet ski.

Before they entered the water, they performed their afternoon prayers at the lake.  When they returned to their rented car, they found it had been keyed from end to end and vandalized with racial slurs.

The Chelan County Sheriff's Office took a police report but did not find the vandals.
 
"It was racist." said Khan Malik, one of the students. "We were shocked."

"This is not ok. We are not afraid.  We are not going to be intimidated." said another student Ahmed Brown.
 
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for an FBI investigation as a hate crime.
 
"What we have today is more intense than the days after 9-11,” said said CAIR's Arsalan Bukhari. “We have grown men coming in crying. People are scared. It does have an impact."

With September 11 coming next week, Seattle area mosques are putting more security measures in place.
 
  

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