Racist slur painted on home of Citrus County family

Posted at 4:20 AM, Aug 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-21 05:25:24-04

The home of an African-American family in Florida was vandalized with a spray-painted racist slur.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said that the slur in large, red letters on the home in a community located 85 miles north of Tampa was discovered early Friday.

Sheriff Mike Prendergrast says such actions will not be tolerated and he promised to use his office to go after whoever did it.

The home’s owners, Dayna and James White, have lived in the area for almost three years and say they never expected anything like that to happen where they live.

The Citrus County Chronicle reports that County Commission chairman Scott Carnahan said the incident should be considered a hate crime.

Two paint companies volunteered their services for free to paint over the exterior of the Florida home.

The Citrus County Chronicle reports that workers from two local radio stations also came to the home of Dayna and James White to help remove the offensive graffiti.

Dayna White says she is overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation by the support from the Citrus Hills community located about 85 miles north of Tampa, Florida.

The slur in large red letters was discovered on the house Friday morning.


The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s help in finding the person who committed this crime. If you have any information at all about this incident, please contact the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office by calling 726-1121 or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please visit