Southern Indiana woman shaken by racist graffiti on home, vehicle

Mia Frias-Russell recorded videos of the racist vandalism on her property. (Facebook photo)
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CAMPBELLSBURG, Ind. (WAVE) - A southern Indiana woman has a heartbreaking viral video after finding someone had vandalized her home and car with hate speech.

Mia Frias-Russell woke up to find her property in Campbellsburg - in Washington County - vandalized, so she turned to Facebook to show what happened. Her live video has been viewed more than 2 million times.

She told WAVE-TV in Louisville she was terrified and embarrassed to find the damage.

"It was very traumatizing," she said.

A shed behind her home and her Jeep were both covered in spray painted racial slurs. Police believe someone even put sugar in her vehicle's gas tank. She's hoping investigators can pull fingerprints from the gas cap to track down the vandal.

Frias-Russell, a mother of three, breaks down to tears in the Facebook Live video.

"I'm scared and I don't have any friends out here, so I don't know who could have done this," she said.

Frias-Russell said she had moved to Campbellsburg, a town of less than 600 residents, from Indianapolis, so she could be closer to her father. In the past month, she says passersby have shouted racial slurs at her when she was in her yard.

State police are taking the incidents very seriously.

"The original crime is actually going to be criminal mischief, but we will investigate it as what we call a 'bias crime'," ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin told WAVE-TV. "A bias crime and a hate crime is very similar."

But Frias-Russell has found some support through the ordeal, both locally and online. One Campbellsburg neighbor came by to paint over the spray painted slurs and thousands of people have shared her video and offered words of support.

"Thank you for all the support and love you've sent to my family, it means so much and it has given me strength to pull through this and come back," Frias-Russell said.

She says she's currently trying to get out of her lease to move her family.