A leader in the Quad City Hispanic community is calling on police to find out who is responsible for vandalizing a Port Byron's family home, and leaving a racist note threatening them to "get out of our neighborhood" or their home will be burned.
Tar Macias is the publisher of HolaAmericaNews website and newspaper in East Moline.
"We posted the (WQAD) story to our Facebook page and we're translating the story today on our website in Spanish. People are very angry," he said.
Jenny and Tony Cruz reported the vandalism and break-in to police on October 17th.
Cruz is a Hispanic war veteran, and two of their children are bi-racial. Their home was ransacked and lighter fluid or gasoline poured on their belongings, including their children's beds and toys. A note with racial slurs was left in their mailbox.
"For me, it's a big deal, for any decent people in the community, it's a big deal. I don't think we can stand for something like this happening in our neck of the woods. I hope they don't try to sweep it under the rug. We really want to see results, whoever it was, tell us this is what happened," Macias said.
Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos says he is not going to talk about the case, and will only say it is under investigation at this time.
Macias says he hopes Bustos and his investigators can provide some answers for the community soon.
"I hope they take this seriously and get to the bottom of this, whoever did this. It's really making a lot of people not only angry, but worried, that this could happen to anybody," he said.