Two homes displaying "Black Lives Matter" signs had bricks thrown through their windows over the weekend in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, police said Monday.
Officers responded to a home on Garden Street just before 10 a.m. Saturday for the report of vandalism, police said. About an hour later, they found a brick had also been thrown into a window on nearby Myrtle Street. Both windows had signs reading "Black Lives Matter."
"Right as I was falling asleep, I heard a crash," said Shawn Pyne. "Didn't think anything of it, went back to bed."
When she woke up Saturday morning, she found a brick and glass all over the place.
She was baffled by the attack on her BLM sign.
"This is the most peaceful form of this, is what we're standing for," said Pyne. "This is what we want to project on the outside of our front door."
Around the corner, another family had their window smashed with a brick, as well.
"We never, ever thought this would happen, especially in Boston," said Sheelagh, who did not want her last name used. "It's a sign of the times, which is sad, it's very sad, it's not our image of America."
Sheelagh and Claude's son, Franck, designed the BLM sign a few weeks ago.
"I don't think it was about us and having a biracial family," said Claude.
The sign was meant to express their dreams for their child, who was adopted from Burundi a year ago.
"It's about hope and possibilities for him and for us as new parents of a little African boy," said Claude. "Then something like this happens because people read a political message into it."
In both incidents, the vandals left behind "Robbie For Congress" campaign signs.
"I can tell you that nobody from my campaign did this," said Robbie Goldstein, who is running for Congress in the Democratic primary against longtime representative Steve Lynch.
"I'm hopeful that we will figure out the truth," said Goldstein. "We will figure out what happened, and that we will all come closer together and stand for Black Lives Matter."
Police say they are investigating both incidents of vandalism, but so far no arrests have been made.