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Officials: Person affiliated with Heirs to the Confederacy to be charged in vandalism on UNC campus

Posted March 31, 2019 7:09 p.m. EDT

— At least one person will face charges after hate speech was found on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill early Sunday morning.

According to an email send by Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz, two individuals defaced the Unsung Founders Memorial with “racist and other deplorable language” at about 1:30 a.m.

University police also discovered an installation outside the Hanes Art Center had been vandalized with “hateful language and racial slurs,” school officials said.

Guskewicz said both incidents are being investigated, and university police are in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for a person identified on surveillance footage. Officials said that person is known to be affiliated with the Heirs to the Confederacy group.

Police are reviewing surveillance footage in an attempt to identify the second person involved in the vandalism.

“These events challenge not only our most fundamental community values, but also the safety of our campus. Lawless behavior will not be tolerated, and those found responsible will be held accountable for their actions,” Guskewicz said in a statement.

University officials said the memorial has been cleaned.