BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - On a day designated to celebrate a man who fought for racial equality in the U.S., a Brentwood woman was the victim of a hate crime.
Just hours after Latoya Murphy parked her car outside the company where she works, her car was vandalized with a racial slur.
"I was very upset. It was written across the hood of my car. It was spelled out the N-word," said Murphy.
Murphy immediately called Brentwood police to investigate. The message was written in holiday snow spray, and could be removed. No other cars were impacted. As a result, she feels she was targeted.
"I just can't believe in 2013, we are still going through this type of unnecessary racism," said Murphy. "I didn't do anything to anybody, so I don't understand why someone would want to do something to me."
Murphy's co-workers were equally shocked by the racial slur.
"It's really upsetting to see something like that," said Brandi Ellis. "It's disheartening to know Dr. King fought against racism, and now we see this."
Murphy and Ellis said they have never felt unsafe in the parking lot, or experienced any other problems.
Brentwood police continue to investigate the incident. No charges have been filed.