Neighbors clean up racist graffiti before family returns from vacation

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TENINO, Wash. -- A homeowner is thanking neighbors for shielding his family from a hate crime.

Police are investigating after someone spray painted racial slurs on the family`s home and truck while they were on vacation.

A local football team organized dozens of volunteers to scrub off slurs written on his truck and paint over offensive words on the family's home.

They finished just before Marvin Philips and his family returned from vacation.

Philips says he's grateful his children didn't have to witness the graffiti.

A $1,000 reward is now being offered in the case.

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