A vacant Bel-Ridge home was spray painted with racial slurs, and neighbors both black and white in the 3500 block of East Edgar Avenue are angry and puzzled. Reportedly, Trinnie Hepler, 88 has resided in Bel-Ridge since 1955 which has both black and white residents. Bel-Ridge is about a mile down from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and neighbors' Bel-Nor and Normady neighborhoods. According to Hepler, there has been no racial incidents like this one for as long as one can remember. Bel-Ridge Police are investigating the incident.
"No one can figure out why this house in particular was targeted, though some wonder if the fact that the previous occupants were white and frequently invited black friends over to use their pool may be the issue since some of the racist graffiti read: “N—– Lover. We have a lot of different ethnicities around here so it is kind of shocking to see that, but you should expect the unexpected,’
-- Rita Allen, an African-American woman who has lived in the neighborhood for about two years.