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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. Racist letters sent to homeowners

Posted at 7:21 PM, Nov 11, 2016
Some neighbors in one part of the valley say they are in disbelief after racist letters showed up in their mailbox, made to look like they're coming from their homeowners association.
To make matters worse it's not the first time it's happened in this neighborhood.
"t's just...ignorance," said Marisa Rodriguez who got the most recent hate-filled letter.
The letter has the HOA management company's information at the top and their law firm at the bottom. The middle says "we want to keep Spring Valley white," along with several misspelled slurs.
"It's not just about me, it's about my kids, that's what I worry most about, not even about me, but just about their safety," Rodriguez said.
People in the area near Buffalo Drive and Tropicana Avenue said the letter does not represent what their neighborhood is like.
"I thought it was bad, I couldn't believe it," said Johnny Oswald. "And I saved it."
Oswald kept the envelope, too. 13 Action News noticed a return address, so we went to the check it out. But it turns out Kevin Allen, the person on the return address, is one of the Spring Valley HOA board members.
"I don't like it at all," said Allen. "Too much hate going on in this world anyway, let alone stuff like this. It's terrible."
Allen thinks they used his name and address to make the letter seems more official. He said this letter does not represent the board, the HOA management or their attorneys.
"I feel sorry for the person that's doing it too," Allen said. "Apparently they have a lot of hatred within themselves."
Prime Management, who manages the Spring Valley HOA, is asking people who get the letters to handle them as little as possible, put them in a plastic bag, and deliver them to the management company.
They are hoping to find fingerprints of the sender. They have also been working with the FBI.