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Irving Police Investigate Racist Hate Mail Sent To Resident

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Krystina Martinez
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KERA News

Local police are now looking into a racist letter sent to an Irving resident that includes a death threat and demands that the recipient return back to their country.

The letter blames people of Chinese and Indian descent for taking away jobs in the IT industry, threatening to “shoot mercilessly.”

“American citizens in IT industry and other professional fields have lost their jobs to many Indian and Chinese,” the letter reads. "We asked you to leave the country without further delay. We will have no choice but to shoot mercilessly at work place, in community, on pool or on playground.”

Investigators are asking anyone who has received a similar letter to contact the police.

“This person is threatening to shoot up a pool area, a playground, a business, so anyone could fall victim to this,” Robert Reeves, Irving Police Department spokesman, told the Fort-Worth Star Telegram.

The investigator assigned to the case can be reached at ccunningham@cityofirving.org.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and a coalition of civil rights organizations and faith groups held a press conference regarding the hate mail.

Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-DFW, said he hopes those who have been impacted by the event won't let it affect their daily lives.

"This is an ongoing story, and investigation and we are hoping that those who are impacted by this to of course remain calm and to not allow hate to impact your daily lives and to impact the way you go about in our community," Syed said.

Imam Omar Suleiman is founder of the Irving-based Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research.

"We will not be silenced," Suleiman said. "I want to remind everyone that Irving has had more armed white supremacist protests in front of our mosques than any city in America. That should tell you everything that you need to know."

Syed said they are working with Irving law enforcement to investigate the threats. He said people who have received letters can reach out to CAIR, and should report the incident to the police.

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