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Bosnian hate crime victim now fears for business, family

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - The latest victim of a hate crime toward Bosnians in Waterloo says he fears for both his family and business after his car was vandalized earlier this week.

The Bosnian businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has lived in Waterloo for 16 years. He says throughout that time, he's never been a victim of such a crime.

Two suspects dragged his car from his driveway, and vandalized it down the block Monday. The windshield was shattered, side mirrors were ripped off and profanity was spray painted on the car.

Police arrested two suspects in connection to the incident: Dayln Harrington and Andy Little. Little admitted to the act, saying he "just hates Bosnians."

The victim in the crime says it doesn't make sense, and he's still confused as to why it happened.

"Right now I am scared for my family... I have three kids."

He tells those in the Bosnian community to be careful, but says ultimately, anyone can fall victim to hate crimes.

Former State Representative Anesa Kajtazovic, and leader in the Bosnian community, says it's unfortunate these incidents still occur. However, she believes such a crime doesn't reflect the entire community.

Kajtazovic says she's glad law enforcement is taking action to hold people accountable when these crimes strike.




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