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Transgender woman's car is vandalized, sheriff investigates potential hate crime

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ALBURNETT (KWWL) -

The Linn County Sheriff's Office is investigating a potential hate crime.

A transgender woman says her car was spray painted with hateful messages on Friday night.

It happened while the car was sitting outside of her apartment in Alburnett.

Alyssa Eve says it all started with someone banging on her door, it didn't take her long to find some vandalism.

"The first thing I saw was kill yourself on my front door," Eve told us.

Moments later she realized the damage was much more widespread, with words taking over her car.

"Embarrassed and I really did, I felt hurt, because I didn't know anyone could hate me that much," Eve told us.

She says the incident makes her nervous.

"obviously these people know where I live and they know where I drive so that puts me on edge a little bit."

Eve and her friends chose to paint over the vandalism and now her car is solid pink.

"It's my favorite color and it also represents the color of my true gender," Eve said.

With thousands of dollars raised in just a couple of days through Go Fund Me, Eve plans to buy a new car.

As for the pink car, she says she will use it in pride parades or possibly donate it to someone in the LGBT community without a car.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says they're lacking information to officially call this a hate crime, so they're urging anyone with information to come forward.

"Unfortunately really the only evidence we have are pictures of the vandalism, we were unable to obtain any fingerprints or any eyewitnesses or any video," said Brian Gardner, Linn County Sheriff.

Whether it's declared a hate crime, Eve has a message for whoever did it. 

"I just want whoever did this to know that I don't hate them, I just want them to find peace within themselves," she said.

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