City, nonprofit create fund for victims of Fort Morgan hate crime vandalisms

FORT MORGAN, Colo. - Following reports of several vandalisms in Fort Morgan that may have been motivated by bias, a local nonprofit is creating a fund to assist the victims.

OneMorgan County, an organization that focuses on the integration of the area's African refugee community, is calling the new initiative "No2Hate." With the support of the city and police department, No2Hate intends to help the victims of the vandalism with the costs of repairing the damage.

Police said someone shot out the windows of about five cars with a BB gun in the early-morning hours Sunday. The sides of some vehicles were also damaged and others had racial or ethnic slurs painted on them.

In a statement, the city said the targeted vehicles were all owned by members of the immigrant community who lived in one of two areas known as refugee housing areas.

OneMorgan County will be collecting donations for the No2Hate initiative. Checks can be made out to OneMorganCounty with the reference "No2Hate" on the memo line. Donations can be sent to 815 W. Platte Ave., Fort Morgan, CO, 80701.

Electronic or credit card donations are not being accepted at this time. The nonprofit can be contacted by phone at 970-370-6478.

The damages are estimated at approximately $3,000, but if donations exceed that amount the nonprofit will consider other uses for the excess money. They are contemplating educational workshops or presentations to combat bias-motivated crimes and related topics.

The police department is still offering a $500 reward for information that leads to a resolution of these vandalism cases. Anyone with information can contact the police department at 970-867-5678 or Crime Stoppers at 970-542-3411.

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