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Vandals spray-paint 'Vote Trump' on back of Latino couple's pick-up truck

MECHANICSVILLE, MD - APRIL 25:  Trump campaigns are for the taking at the Mechanicsville Elementary School polling station, April 26, 2016 in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Maryland is one of five states that is holding their primary elections today. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

MECHANICSVILLE, MD - APRIL 25: Trump campaigns are for the taking at the Mechanicsville Elementary School polling station, April 26, 2016 in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Maryland is one of five states that is holding their primary elections today. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)  (2016 Getty Images)

A Latino couple in Nevada woke up Thursday morning to find the words “Vote Trump” spray-painted on the back of their recently purchased pick-up truck and believe the vandals targeted them because of their Latino heritage.

“It sucks to think that obviously they did it because we’re Hispanic,” Esmeralda Estrada told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “My husband had a sunshade on it with the Mexican flag. So it was either that or I feel like it was somebody who already knows us because we’re the only Hispanics there where we live. I can’t help but think it was because of that where somebody knew. I don’t think it was random.”

The 31-year-old Estrada said that both her and her husband’s cars were fine when they turned in for the night on Wednesday, but when they awoke the next morning they found the pro-Trump graffiti scrawled in white paint on the back of their black Toyota Tundra. The vehicle also had multiple scratch marks apparently made by somebody grating keys against the side of the truck.

Estrada, who said that neither her nor her husband are politically active, believes they were targeted because they were Hispanic and that they don’t live in a predominantly Latino neighborhood.

“It sucks to think that obviously they did it because we’re Hispanic,” she said. “My husband had a sunshade on it with the Mexican flag. So it was either that or I feel like it was somebody who already knows us because we’re the only Hispanics there where we live. I can’t help but think it was because of that where somebody knew. I don’t think it was random.”

The couple’s other car was left untouched, possibly because it didn’t have any Mexican ornamentation like the truck did, she said.

The vandalism case in Reno, which sits in a battleground county within the battleground state of Nevada, is similar to another case of vandalism that occurred in neighboring California back in March.

Two teens in northern California, ages 15 and 16, were charged with felony vandalism and committing a hate crime after they purportedly covered Yosemite High School JV boys soccer coach Victor Salazar and his parents’ cars with feces and foul messages on two separate occasions.

The first attack allegedly occurred before Yosemite High School JV boys soccer coach Victor Salazar and his family returned from a vacation. Salazar’s father’s car was sprayed with mustard and wrapped in plastic as was his mother’s Subaru, which also had penises drawn on them.

While the family laughed it off as a prank and did not report it to the authorities, Salazar said that same night he chased off two suspects vandalizing his Volkswagen Jetta with racial and homosexual slurs.

Among the words written on his car were “Go back to Mexico,” “Merry Christmas b---h” and “Trump” written inside a phallic painting.

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