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Police investigate possible hate crime at Aurora refugee center

Aurora police call case a "priority"
Posted: 5:18 PM, Jan 26, 2017
Updated: 2017-01-27 00:56:35Z
Possible hate crime saddens refugee center staff

AURORA, Colo. -- Aurora police are investigating a bias-motivated crime after two threatening notes were found at an Aurora community center. Police say the case is a “priority.”

Since 2014, the Mango House has helped refugees with medical and dental care, as well as citizenship classes.   On Thursday morning, two types notes were discovered on its property -- one in the parking lot, the other in a stairwell. The typewritten notes read, “We’re gonna blow up all of you refugees.”

"It was little shocking, I have to admit. Really upsetting," said employee Johnny Moo.

"It makes me want to stand up stronger and say no. These people are kind and loving, and if you get to know them, you will get to love them, just like I do," said Carolyn Anello, who founded the dental clinic.

Many of the people who get assistance at Mango House have fled from strife and civil war.  Moving away from their homeland wasn't necessarily a part of their life plan.

"People want to be integrated into American society. They love it here. They appreciate the freedom that they're given here and we're here to help them to get integrated," said Anello.

"The thing that matters in life is pretty much showing compassion to each other.  Without it, this world is just more evil and more dark," said Moo.

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