Denver Police and DU investigate KKK and swastika etchings

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A mural by "your friendly neighborhood white girl." (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The University of Denver and Denver Police are looking into what appears to be race-related vandalism found near campus Tuesday.

The school said in an advisory Wednesday that campus security and Denver Police have received several reports of "bias motivated vandalism" including "KKK" and swastikas etched into the side of at least two vehicles Tuesday.

"The safety of our students and community is paramount," the school said in the advisory. "Campus Safety is aiding Denver Police Department with an investigation into this incident."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Denver Police Department at 720-913-2000.

"The incidents happened off campus. Because they were near campus, Campus Safety wanted to let our community know," a DU spokeswoman told Denverite.

DU had 11,797 students enrolled in 2015. Twenty-one percent of undergrads and 19 percent of graduate students were students of color, according to the university.

In October, a string of “hurtful” race-related messages led the University of Denver’s student government to temporarily cover a freedom of speech wall at the school.

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