Philippe Savoie had his house spray-painted with racial slurs Saturday, October 6, 2012.
Credits: Michael Aubry/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency
OTTAWA -- Philippe Savoie stood dumbfounded at the foot of his driveway when he got home Saturday night, accosted by a wall of racial slurs hastily spray painted on the front of his house.
He first noticed "F--k n---ers" scrawled across his front steps. Then he turned to more than a dozen iterations of "KKK" written on the brick of his house.
"Punk A-s B-tch" covered the length of his garage door.
Nearly every inch of his home's facade -- which the 23-year-old software engineer just bought in February -- was riddled with hate speech.
"It just doesn't make sense," said Savoie, standing outside his Kanata South home.
Savoie's roommate, Sajjad Haiberali, who has a Pakistani background, now feels targeted by the vandalism.
"It's absolutely disgusting," said Haiberali, who was away in London, Ont., for Thanksgiving weekend.
"I can't even begin to imagine who would want to do this."
Savoie said they keep to themselves as much as possible.
"We're just the really nerdy types, we stay quiet and don't really have any trouble," he said. "But then again, you certainly don't have to be very bright to leave messages like that."
To vent his frustrations, Savoie posted pictures of the racial slurs on the popular forum website Reddit.
The pictures have more than 600,000 views with tips and support streaming in from all around the world.
Savoie was also quick to call the police and report it as a hate crime, and officers stopped by on Saturday to photograph the evidence and open up a file.
But an Ottawa police spokesman said they haven't yet labeled the vandalism a hate crime.
"There's not yet any concern about it being targeted," the spokesman said. "There's no immediate threat to the occupants."
Alidiani needs to formally file a complaint to start the process.
But neighbours aren't taking the overt attack lightly.
"This goes beyond being malicious," said Savoie's neighbour, a mother of three. "It makes me very uneasy."
Another neighbour, Steve MacIntosh, said the community has always been quiet and family-friendly.
"We live in a very multicultural neighbourhood and we've never seen an attack like this before," he said.
Savoie has done everything in his power to remove the offensive slogans -- from WD 40 to magic erasers and CLR -- but without success.
Yet he won't be sitting idly while he waits for police to investigate the case. He's taking matters into his own hands by installing security cameras on his porch and offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
"I want to see whoever did this pay for their actions," he said.