Aurora community garden hit in possible anti-LGBTQ vandalism


AURORA — A community garden decorated to support the LGBTQ community was vandalized on Wednesday night.

Ellie Esparza, who donated her time and money to build the garden, told NBC Chicago that a security camera recorded video of someone driving a truck into the shed two times before it was knocked over. The fence has been knocked down a few days ago in what she thought was a hit-and-run.

“Now that the shed has been attacked, I think that they’re related and has to do with the fact that this garden is in resistance to the hate for the LGBTQ community,” Esparza told the TV station.

The Aurora Police Department told NBC Chicago it is investigating the incident and that it has not ruled out a possible hate crime. Esparza said the garden will be rebuilt.



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