Marcus Whitman statue vandalized with spray paint in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Walla Walla police say a statue of Marcus Whitman was vandalized with spray paint near the Whitman College campus. Six other incidents were also reported on campus today.

A photo shows the statue with the word “genocide” misspelled with red spray paint. Photos of the graffiti surfaced on social media on Oct. 14.

Sgt. Eric Knudson with the Walla Walla Police Department says this is the second time the statue has been vandalized in the past two weeks. During the first incident, the statue’s hands were painted red and the bottom of it was defaced with black spray paint.

Along with the statue today, Knudson said six other incidents were reported on campus. He said spray paint was seen on a wall in the dorm and sidewalks.

Police believe the vandalism happened overnight.

Knudson told KAPP-KVEW they believe both incidents were caused by the same suspect. Officers are working to get surveillance video from the college.

If caught, the suspect can face a malicious mischief charge.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call WWPD and refer to case number 19-25050.