When newlywed Andrew Windham-Harris left work last weekend, he found his Jeep Cherokee had been vandalized. Someone spray painted the words “Die Fag” in enormous letters across the entire passenger side door.
“It about tore my heart out,” Windham-Harris, who had just married his husband a few days earlier, told WLOS-TV.
The incident happened sometime between 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. on Saturday night into Sunday morning outside the takeout restaurant in Waynesville, N.C. where Windham-Harris is employed.
Windham-Harris’ Jeep was parked beside two other vehicles, but, he says, “mine was the only car that was painted.” He spent two hours scrubbing off the graffiti only to discover the vandal had also keyed the slur into the door panels. It’s going to cost him $500 to repair.
The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the incident but would not comment about whether they have any active leads on the case.
Windham-Harris says he hopes they find the vandal, but he’s not going to let the incident affect him.
“This has happened but I’m not going to let it back me down, or have me living in fear,” Windham-Harris said. “I’m going to go on living my life, my new husband, and my house. And we’re going to keep having the American dream work for us.”