Martin Luther King Jr. mural defaced in State College, investigation launched

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WTAJ) — The State College Police Department launched a hate crime investigation after someone defaced a mural of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As of April 22, the $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest has been increased to $3,000.

Police said the incident was reported at 2:35 p.m. Friday at 131 South Fraser Street and they believe it happened during the overnight hours of April 16. The suspects stenciled over the image of Dr. King with “PATRIOTFRONT.US” and insignia with a red substance.

Images of persons of interest were released by the police Monday afternoon. They are pictured below.

“The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza and mural is a cherished memorial and a symbol for the State College community that Dr. King’s fight for social justice lives on in our community. State College Borough Manager Tom Fountaine said. “To deface that mural is an attack on the pillars of our community, including our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

“I can assure the community that the SCPD is utilizing every tool available to identify
and hold accountable the persons who committed this hate crime,” Assistant Police Chief Matt Wilson said.


Anyone with information should contact the State College Police Department.

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