Mural on Washington University campus defaced by vandals

Washington University officials said a mural on campus that depicts prominent Black people was vandalized this weekend with racist symbols.

Four top university officials, including Chancellor Andrew Martin, sent a letter to students and staff Sunday about the vandalism.

“This is horrifying and distressing. We’re shocked and saddened by this hateful act on our campus,” they wrote in the letter.

University officials said there are cameras in the area near the mural that is painted on the wall of a pedestrian tunnel that connects several dorms to the rest of campus. They said they hope investigators will be able to identify the people who defaced the mural.

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