HENDERSON, Nevada — A veteran in Nevada believes he was the victim of a hate crime after an incident that took place Thursday morning.
KVVU reports that Livio Waits, an Iraq war veteran, awoke to find the word “murderer” etched into the side of his truck.
“You know, when I first saw it, it was hard to wrap my head around it,” Waits said.
Waits was a sniper and his truck has veteran license plates. He believes his truck was defaced by someone who opposed the war.
“I didn’t even put it together what the word meant at first, but then it all just hit me like a wave,” said Waits.
Waits, who works at Battlefield Las Vegas, said it’s hard to imagine why someone he put his life on the line for would treat him like this.
“My mind went blank. When you look at it, it’s so hard to actually accept that it’s real,” Waits said.
The veteran told FOX5 he fought for people to be able to speak their mind, but says they need to do it in a way that doesn’t hurt others.
“You know the word. I’m not easily offended. I don’t get messed up too easily, but this one hit me pretty hard,” said Waits.
According to Waits he has no idea who’s responsible for the incident. He filed a report with the Henderson Police Department, and the situation is being investigated.