A Spring-area family woke up to find their $50,000 pick-up truck vandalized with disturbing and hateful words: everything from the "N-word" to vulgar messages spray painted on it.
The Franke family are a white family who have a black friend visiting them from Louisiana. They tell FOX 26 News that they are embarrassed, shocked and outraged by this crime. They thought their subdivision was the perfect place to raise a family and now they're thinking twice.
"It just makes me sick," says Hayli Franke. "It's 2015, racism should be over. People shouldn't be doing things like that. It's kind of ridiculous to me,"
The Franke family never imagined they would be the victims of such a hateful and racial attack.
"I have a four year old -- just worried to have him outside now," says Hayli. "I got him out of the house, but if these people live in our neighborhood, what's going to happen next? Why were we targeted and no one else in our neighborhood was?"
The Franke family say that on Thursday night, they were in front of their home having fun with their friend Josh. On Friday morning, their truck was covered with everything from an exploitative "N-word" to "KKK" printed across the front and other provocative images.
"It's not what I believe in," says Darren Franke. "It's not something I'm about. I don't know why they would pick my truck to put something like that on."
Josh Joseph is staying with the Franke family as he prepares for an upcoming job interview.
"I was mostly shocked," says Joseph. "I'm supposed to be moving here soon. And that's what I see. I was about to leave. I felt like I wasn't wanted here."
Just hearing that makes Darren and Hayli livid.
This is their message to the vandals:
"Why? I work hard for things I have ...if that's how you feel, put it on your stuff," says Darren.
"It makes me sick to my stomach just thinking there's people who think this way," says Hayli.
The couple did file a criminal report with the Harris County Precinct Four Constable's Office. They are hoping anyone with information comes forward.