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Community comes together after Northeast Portland church targeted with racist graffiti

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A few months after someone targeted a Portland church, covering it with racist graffiti, the church and its surrounding community are sending a message to whoever did it.

“Someone asked if I wanted to paint a mural and I said yeah,” said volunteer Zakiya Hunter.

“Well we’re making a heart and one of the children actually put that in and it won,” continued Hunter.

Zakiya Hunter, with the help of others, painted a message Saturday.

“I think it’s very powerful for everyone no matter what religion, or what race, can just come together and show we can just love one another,” said Hunter.

The new mural is in response to whoever left a hateful and racist graffiti across Trinity Lutheran Church and School’s playground and wall a few months ago.

“I think it’s very sad, especially when people target a church,” said Hunter. “You know when you think of a church, you think of a nice place to come and be restful and for vulgar words to be on here where children play right by the play area, it’s just kind of sad.”

The mural, located at the Northeast Portland church, was just one part of the event called Cully Stands Together.

Groups from all over the neighborhood met at the church ready to sing, dance, and show unity.

“What’s great about it is it has the community coming together and showing their character, that diversity is important, respect for each other is important, and the hate really is on the sidelines,” said School Principal, Chris Herald.

Organizers said the event came together organically after groups from all over the neighborhood reached out to the church asking how they can help.

“Well I think it’s the perfect response, almost poetic really,” said Herald.

Students from the school also came to the celebration, like soon-to-be eight grader, Nicholas Brandt.

“You should love each other, like love one another like yourself,” said Brandt.

A message that is brightening not only Trinity Lutheran Church and School, but also the entire Cully community.

“Just coming together and just standing against violence,” said Hunter.

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