CHERRY HILL, N.J. (WTXF) - There have been multiple reports of literature supporting the KKK left on front lawns in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Officials say the printed messages were left inside plastic bags at several homes in the Old Orchard section of Cherry Hill Friday overnight and discovered Saturday morning.
“This type of hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated in our town. We will investigate this matter until we identify the individuals responsible and will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” said Mayor Chuck Cahn.
On Sunday, Congressman Donald Norcross issued a statement regarding the racist flyers:
"I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — hate, violence and racism have no place in our communities or our country. This cowardly, offensive act is an attack against all of us, and we must fully investigate this and hold the individuals responsible accountable.
“To all South Jerseyans — in times of divisiveness and intolerance, we must remember the words of Martin Luther King Jr. when he said, 'Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.' Let’s always respond to hateful acts with a strong, unified voice in favor of togetherness, inclusively and love.”
“I think we’re pretty shocked,” said resident Raechel Hammer.
Shocked in the Cherry Hill neighborhood that prides itself on being diverse and welcoming.
That was one of the main reasons that attracted Katie Murray, just settling her family in the Old Orchard community.
“It’s so disheartening,” Murray said.
So vile and hateful are the messages on fliers dropped on several neighbors’ lawns, Fox 29 can’t and won’t show them.
“I’m hoping it’s not the neighborhood. Hoping somebody just came in for whatever reason and decided to do this to stir things up,” Murray added.
They seem to target African-American and Jewish neighbors.
“I’ve been thinking all morning like I want to do something to let people know that that’s not the neighbors and not the neighborhood and they are welcome,” Murray explained.
It’s a message already visible throughout their community.
“I think people look to spread hate and we have to meet that hate with love,” Hammer explained.
Hammer keeps her sign standing in her yard, even though she says it’s been vandalized before.
“As so many of us as possible can, we should show a united front. If we’re together, we can care for each other and look out for each other. That’s how you defeat hate,” Hammer said.
The incidents are currently under investigation and anyone with information is urged to call the Cherry Hill Police Department at 856-488-7828.