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Brad Williams

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La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat (second from left) speaks at a Friday morning rally outside Bullet Cab on State Road

A few dozen showed up on a freezing cold Friday morning to demonstrate against hate in La Crosse.

“One community, one family, hate has no business here,” was the chant from those outside Bullet Cab’s office on State Street. Last week, anti-Muslim graffiti was painted on the business’ garage door.

Now, it’s painted again. This time, however, with a colorful mural. Co-owner Mike Ahmad was also presented with a $1,333 check to help pay for security cameras at the business.

“I was not expecting this,” Ahmad told the crowd. “But that really strengthened my belief that we are one community. I hope whoever did this cowardly act, if anybody has any issue or problem, they can always come forward and talk to me.”

The money was raised through an internet funding campaign.

Mayor Tim Kabat, Assistant Police Chief Rob Abraham and UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow were among the community leaders who spoke at the rally.

Police are still looking for whoever painted the slur on the building.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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    Vicki Elwood

    February 15, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    I would like to recognize the two artists who painted over the graffiti. Their names are Cat Degendash and Adem Faeth. They are truly exhibiting neighborly love

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