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Haywood: Man found ‘Die Fag’ spray-painted on his car

After leaving work at Little Caesar’s Pizza restaurant late one night in Waynesville, Andrew Windham-Harris discovered this death threat spray-painted in huge black letters across the passenger side of his white Jeep Grand Cherokee.
After leaving work at Little Caesar’s Pizza restaurant late one night in Waynesville, Andrew Windham-Harris discovered this death threat spray-painted in huge black letters across the passenger side of his white Jeep Grand Cherokee.

After leaving work at Little Caesar’s pizza restaurant late one night in Waynesville in the Smoky Mountains, Andrew Windham-Harris discovered a death threat spray-painted in huge black letters across the passenger side of his white Jeep Grand Cherokee:

“DIE FAG.”

“It was upsetting,” he said about the vandalism last October. “To this day I don’t know if it just was some random whatever. But there were four other cars and none of the others were vandalized.”

No one was charged.

Windham-Harris, 34, now a behavioral health technician in Asheville, had gotten married a few weeks before the incident. He suspects the vandalism may not have been a coincidence.

At 6-feet-1 and 230 pounds, he says he’s not what some people might think of a “stereotypical homosexual.” He suspects the perpetrator had to know who he is and knew he had just married.

“I’m just a regular guy that just happens to be in a relationship with another guy,” he said. “I’m just me.”

After news reports about the vandalism, he said, Waynesville residents reached out to apologize, telling him, “That’s not what this town is about.”

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