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10/23/2020 13:20 EDT | Updated 10/23/2020 16:01 EDT

Man Etches Hate Graffiti Into Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier In Ottawa

Police say it featured an image that targeted a specific group.

Ottawa Police Service
This image provided by the Ottawa Police Service shows a man using a sharp object to engrave hate graffiti on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Police say he was wearing a light-coloured sweater, dark pants, a dark toque and a black backpack.

OTTAWA — Police in Ottawa are investigating an incident of hate-motivated graffiti at the National War Memorial.

The alleged incident happened on Oct. 14, police say. That’s when a man used a sharp object to engrave a hateful message on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, according to authorities.

Police say a man approached the area on a mountain bike just before 10 p.m., and left on the bike shortly afterward.

They say he was wearing a light-coloured sweater, dark pants, a dark toque and a black backpack.

The incident came just days ahead of the anniversary of a gunman opening fire at the National War Memorial on Oct. 22, 2014, killing ceremonial Honour Guard reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was 24. 

A spokeswoman for Ottawa police said it’s not clear whether the incident is connected to, or motivated by, the attack.

“We don’t know if the timing has anything to do with it. We don’t know yet what motivated this person,” Gagnon said in a phone interview.

The graffiti was removed within 24 hours, Gagnon said. She declined to describe it in any more detail, other than to say it was an image that targeted a particular group.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 23, 2020.

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