Coming home to find her home tagged with racist graffiti and racial slurs broke an Edmonton woman's heart, the victim said Wednesday.

The family had been away for the weekend and returned to find their south Edmonton home vandalized with swastikas and racial slurs, CTV News Edmonton reported.

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“My heart sank and all I could do was cry for my mixed [race] children in the back seat [of the] car,” the victim told CTV News Edmonton.

“It is unreal to me that in 2013, such hate crimes still exist in this city,” she said.

“I am trying to reassure my kids that they are safe in their own home.”

The Edmonton Police Service said the crime was targeted.

“We believe this isn’t a random incident but this an isolated event,” said Insp. Ed McIsaac with Organized Crimes Branch.

“Although one residence was vandalized, the community as a whole is negatively affected by this crime.”

The Edmonton police hate crime unit has taken over the investigation, the EPS stated.

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