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Vehicle Vandalized with Racial Slur

Tallahassee, FL -- March 20, 2012 --

Dr. Louise Ritchie and her husband woke up Tuesday morning to find the side of her vehicle vandalized. Now police are looking into the case to see if Ritchie was targeted because of the color of her skin.

"It does feel very personal as if someone was trying to specifically frighten me," said Ritchie.

The 'N'-word or possibly the word 'Miggery' was written on her 2008 Volkswagen Beetle. The word Miggery is a character in the story 'Tale of Despereaux' in which the character is actually sold into slavery.

Doctor Ritchie's friend and neighbor Jane McPherson says there's no doubt in her mind this was racially motivated.

"I'm sure that this is hate speech," said McPherson. "There are few black families that live in this neighborhood and I believe certainly that Louise was targeted."

An investigator stopped to file an official report. Amazingly enough despite being a victim doctor Ritchie says she actually feels sorry for the person who did this.

"I'm glad that I'm a really peaceful person and spent a lot of time learning how to have compassion for people."

Ritchie tells WCTV that a car dealer has offered to fix the car up free of charge.

There are no suspects in the case.


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