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$2,500 reward offered for information in Cal Poly fraternity hate crime investigation

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Posted at 4:14 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 19:14:21-05

The San Luis Obispo Police Department is asking the community to come forward with any information about suspicious activity around the time anti-Semitic graffiti was sprawled outside a Jewish-affiliated Cal Poly fraternity.

Members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity reported finding the swastikas and other graffiti at their house in the 200 block of California Blvd. on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 6.

Police say the vandalism has been determined to be a hate crime, and SLOPD investigators are working with Cal Poly Police and the FBI to develop leads.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

The graffiti was cleaned up quickly after it was discovered. Fraternity members set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover the costs of clean-up, setting a goal of $1,300.

In less than a week, the fundraiser has brought in nearly $26,000.

The fraternity said the AEPi Foundation ended up covering the costs of clean-up and installation of a security camera system, so all of the money raised will now go to the JCC-Federation of San Luis Obispo and Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

On Thursday, Rabbi Micah Hyman, Executive Director of SLO Hillel, said the money would be used to support the SLO Jewish Community Festival of Learning, which "will be dedicated to education for all of SLO county, within the University and for our community to share not only about antisemitism and the Shoah, but about racism, intolerance and hate, by nurturing dialogue, understanding and love of humanity."