Vandals claiming a relationship to the violent Hispanic street gang MS-13 defaced a Vietnam War memorial in Connecticut with graffiti, angering local veterans. "Kill whites MS 13" were among the threatening words spray-painted on the Vietnam War Memorial at Long Wharf, Conn., reported WTNH-TV in New Haven.
"This irks me. This hurts me deep to my heart," Vietnam Army veteran Emery Linton Sr. told the station.
Linton, who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972, noted he lost friends there and called the mess on the memorial a slap in the face to veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
"People here respect these names. They gave their lives for everything, for the freedoms they have," Linton said.
Police are investigating whether the vandalism is the work of the violent MS-13 gang.