EASLEY — The investigation into the hate graffiti sprayed on a local woman’s business is ongoing but according to Easley Police Chief Tim Tollison, the act— while disheartening — is expected to be an isolated incident.
“This isn’t who we are and I’m not expecting an outbreak of similar cases,” he told The Sentinel-Progress on Thursday. “Easley is a place for friends and neighbors — of all backgrounds and skin colors. Hate is not welcome here.”
His words echoed the sentiments of the dozens of residents who showed up to help clean up the graffiti that was sprayed earlier this week.
According to police reports, Rosa’s Hair Salon on Main Street in downtown Easley was vandalized sometime during the night of July 16.
The phrases “Go back to Mexico and take drug murder culture with you,” and “Go back to Mexico” were painted on the building’s walls and doors and the store front window was smashed.
The salon’s owner, Rosa Cabrera, is originally from Cuba, has lived in S.C. for nearly 30 years and has owned her shop for 20.
Cabrera stated it wasn’t just the writing, because that could be painted over, but it was the emotional impact of what had happened.
“It hurt,” she said.
On Tuesday, Easley residents showed up with paint brushes and power washers to help put things right.
“This is what a community is all about,” said Tollison. “Things like this don’t generally happen here so when it does, everybody’s affected, everybody rallies and everybody responds — and I think the people of Easley have sent a message this week.”
Lead Detective on the case, Brandon Liner, said there haven’t been any phoned in tips as of yet but they were in the process of reviewing surveillance tapes from surrounding downtown businesses.
“We’re watching everything that night from sundown to sunup,” he said. “Hopefully that will lead to some answers so she (Cabrera) can have some closure on this ordeal.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Easley Police Department at 864-859-4025.
“Words cannot express all the gratitude and emotional I am feeling. Thank you to everyone for all the love, help, thoughts and prayers, I feel each and everyone of them,” Cabrera wrote on her Facebook page. “God bless you all!”
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.