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Man Charged in Tupac Center Vandalism Incident

A 43-year-old Dekalb resident has been charged in the recent defacement of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kenneth Anthony Wilson was charged on Thursday (October 1) with second degree criminal damage to property, which is a felony. The vandalism occurred during the early morning hours of October 20, when fliers bearing rants about various rappers, the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina were plastered all over the statue and the Center’s grounds. A rope with a wooden cross attached to it was also found wrapped around the bronze statue of Tupac that stands in the Center’s Peace Garden. Wilson, who is African-American, has not been charged with a hate crime, and is being held on a $1500 bond. DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said that investigators had no reason to believe the attack was racially motivated.

Click here to read the feature, Inside the Tupac Center Vandalism

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