A far northwest suburban couple says they’ve been targeted in a hate crime -- twice.
Racial slurs were scribbled all over their garage and vehicle.
James and Cindy Dunklin have been married for 6 years now. They live in a home in McHenry, Ill., where Cindy also runs a daycare.
On Wednesday morning, the couple was mortified after finding someone had scribbled racial slurs on their garage and vehicle.
James Dunklin tells WGN he’s taking this message personally.
"It says go away, using that word that starts with an N, or else, and in big bold letters, 'die,'" James said, saying he feels threatened.
And the Dunklins say this in not the first time this has happened.
In 2012, the same racial slur was written on their garage in shoe polish.
“To me it’s quite identical. I mean if you look at the lettering and the way it’s done, the way it’s written. It’s dead on identical," James said.
The couple tells me they called police both times, and detectives have told them they’re investigating Wednesday's threat.
The couple believes Wednesday's threat was written with permanent marker.
“it’s just disturbing. 2014, and we’re still doing this kind of stuff," James said. “I’m not moving, so if that was the mission, I’m sorry, I’m not moving. Am I uncomfortable? Yes. Am I concerned? Yes.”
“This is ridiculous. It’s uncalled for and it needs to stop. Nobody needs to be treated this way," Cindy said.
The Dunklins say they’ve narrowed down the time of this incident to a 30-minute window following when a parent dropped-off their child.
Police tell me they plan to step-up patrols in the area.