FAMU Students Target of KKK Slurs UPDATED

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email


A weekend away for two FAMU students was spoiled by what they found when they returned home. It was a complete disaster. Delvini Mason, a FAMU student said, "I called my brother to come look at it and I stood there for like ten seconds and I walked away and called the police."

The residents, Delvini Mason and his brother Ronaldo had a good time watching football in Atlanta, but the fun was over when they came home and found their clothes bleached on the floor, food smashed throughout their house, and KKK splattered on the wall with bar-b-que sauce. And their landlord, Bill Wannall, is furious. "I can't believe it. I just don't believe that this could happen. Nothing has ever happened in this neighborhood like this." said Wannall.

Aside from the mess, the thieves only stole a computer and a few other items. Tallahassee Police are still investigating the robbery and have not labeled it a hate crime.

"Typically hate crimes are precipitated by some other event and based on this event, we haven't had any prior events that led up to it. It appears to be isolated and it appears to be a burglary." said David McCranie with Tallahassee Police.

Whatever it is, for Wannall, who is just as upset as his tenants--he wants justice. "It's unconscionable that this happened. And I'll support him every way I can." said Wannall referring to his tenant.

To add insult to injury--the homeowner completely remodeled this home less than two years ago. If anyone has any information about this crime, you can call Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

Earlier Update

Tallahassee Police are looking into a burglary on Nugget Lane near Old Bainbridge and Hartsfield Road. The residence is a rental property leased to two FAMU students. The owner of the residence says the students were away over the weekend and when they came home Monday morning, they found the inside of the home destroyed and writing on the walls. The homeowner says some of the writing included the letters, 'KKK.'

Currently, police are investigating the incident and have not yet labeled it a hate crime. They are looking for suspects and still have not determined the motive. If you have any information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

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  • by A Location: GA on Oct 1, 2008 at 10:31 AM
    I would have to agree with "T". This does sound like a scorned woman. Although she probably had help from a man or men.
  • by Tim on Oct 1, 2008 at 09:41 AM
    R get a life and stop hating. It's people like you who fail to move on. No one owes you or any race anything. I hope O'Bama gets to be president even though I don't support him. Them you will have a black in every position known. I know many KKK members and this is not what they would do. When they find the guys who done this, I am willing to bet they are black or other race besides white. Just a ploy to through the police off and raise more hatred.
  • by VaeVictis Location: Tal on Oct 1, 2008 at 08:06 AM
    I think the KKK thing is probably a rouse. This crime was carried out by someone they know or that knew they were going to the game. They had something against them and wanted revenge. It does not seem to be entirely about theft or they would have stolen everything. The bleaching of the clothing really shows the aggression towards the individuals. If they catch the perpetrators, I would NOT be surprised if they were not Caucasian. Like I said, the KKK thing was probably done to get the cops to automatically look for young-middle age Caucasian males.... It is typical of criminals to pull a cover crime/motive or to do a second crime to throw off investigates from the real crime.
  • by t Location: tally on Oct 1, 2008 at 07:23 AM
    dont thnk it was the kkk i think that maybe their not telling everthing. that look like something a woman would do.
  • by K Location: GA on Sep 30, 2008 at 07:17 PM
    Well, for all of you guys who like to post--- you really should type as fast as your mind thinks. I mean, I am no English major, but attempting to figure out all of the misspelled comments and those that weren't really in English to begin with have given me a severe headache.... Now as for this crime-----I am with anonymous--- knowing what the KKK from the past has done, I would have expected a whole lot worse than a some BBQ sauce,some bleached clothes and a stolen computer...I do agree that this is a HATE CRIME, some person really must hate you to vandalize your student housing....I pray this is as bad as it gets around here----I am sure that there IS worse happening right here in the USA. Remember, not all hate crimes follow racial boundaries....unfortunately hate is every where we go. We all must be strong individuals and change this world for the better; there has already been enough bad.
  • by JerRon Location: duuuuvaaal on Sep 30, 2008 at 02:50 PM
    i think all of you people talk about race 2 much
  • by Max on Sep 30, 2008 at 01:43 PM
    the police havent said yet, but it was kids who did this. if you lived in the neighborhood you would know exactly who did it. This is a juvenile crime and im sure the parents know that their kids are the ones that did it.
  • by Johnny Location: Cairo on Sep 30, 2008 at 01:23 PM
    When I saw this story on the 11:00 news last night, I really had to wonder exactly what does it take to call this type crime a hate-crime? This may not have been preceded by something else before, but, nothing always has a set pattern when it comes to crime, but, in the State of Georgia, a hate crime is classified as a hate crime, if someone just yells out a slanderous term for people of another color, or peoples supposed gender preferences, does it take something more than putting kkk on the walls to call it a hate crime, it certainly is just that, wake Tallahassee Police, you are a bit asleep on the job if you do not see the hate crime in this. Thank you
  • by A Location: GA on Sep 30, 2008 at 12:23 PM
    Darrell, what? I think your posting on the wrong story.
  • by raw Location: tally on Sep 30, 2008 at 11:59 AM
    R..I will keep that in mind next time I look at the prison stats or the fact that one race that makes up 12.5% is committing over 27% of crime. kinda funny when you are two times more likely to get robbed, murdered, or raped by a black man than white. I will keep that in mind when I see 10 headlines for black crime and 1 for white crime here in tallahassee.
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