May 7, 2011 | Posted by admin

(ABC 6 NEWS) — A Rochester family is dealing with what it calls a hate crime.

The family awoke this morning to find a swastika and the letters KKK spray painted on their house.

Probably the most disturbing part of this story is that this isn’t the first time something like this has happened.

The family says this is actually about the third time they’ve been targeted.

Each incident happened at their home in a quiet Rochester neighborhood.

“It made me sick to my stomach,” said Autumn Kunz.

Some families in Northwest Rochester woke up to graffiti Thursday morning.

“It was disturbing,” said Lois Kunz.

Graffitti on the Hilowle home.

“My mom called and said to come and I came and I saw this big, huge swastika in the middle of our siding of our house … Then I saw the KKK symbol that was really, just really hard to see, because I couldn’t believe my eyes,” said Ayan Hilowle.

But Thursday night neighbors rallied behind the Somali family living there by cleaning up the mess.

“People just kept coming,” Autumn Kunz said.

It’s support Ayan Hilowle appreciated after the tough day.

“It’s very nice,” she said.

Ayan’s parents and six siblings live here.

She says someone spray-painted the graffiti over night, but it’s still unclear who did it.

“We don’t know, the police don’t know, nobody knows at this point but they just kind of suggesting that it’s probably some kids playing around. But this is not a joke anymore,” Hilowle said.

The family sees the graffiti as signs of hate and racism, they’re signs the family and their neighbors never want to see again.

“It’s like, get over it people or otherwise move to Iceland or somewhere. We don’t want you here. We don’t want bad people here,” Autumn Kunz said.

“We’re part of this community. We want to be safe just like everyone else, we have kids playing around as you see and it’s hard to deal with this right now. We’re glad our neighbors are here,” Hilowle said.

Neighbors washing away hate with something much stronger than soap.

“There’s evil in this world and we’re going to cover it up with love,” Lois Kunz said.

As for those other vandalism crimes.

This family has seen everything from a broken car window to knife marks in their mailbox.

At this point its unclear if they’re all connected.

Ayan Hilowle's family's Rochester house was targeted by vandals this week. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is asking the FBI to investigate the graffiti as a hate crime. (Photo courtesy Ayan Hilowle)