A gay couple living in a suburb of
Columbus, Ohio woke up Friday to find a death threat spray painted on
their home, WBNS
10TV News reported.
David Koch and his partner of 25 years,
who asked not to be identified, were called out to their Westerville
yard at 6AM by a neighbor to find two phrases spray painted in bright
yellow: “Move or Die” and “Die fag.”
The couple, who has lived in their
condo for 14 years, said the threats came hours after Koch spoke out
at a condo association meeting.
“I mean, it's just cruel,” Koch
said. “It's juvenile, there's a civil way of handling things
between adults, and this isn't it.”
A security camera tripped off by a
motion detector was spray painted over.
Local police and the FBI are
investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
“This is the work of a coward,”
Koch told NBC
4. “Because if somebody has some kind of issue with me I think
they would come up to me and confront me.”
“I think some of my neighbors are
more upset about it than I am,” he added.