Vandals target Latino Learning Center

Damage estimated at $500

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HOUSTON - Vandals targeted an east end educational center.

It was quite a sight first thing Monday morning at the Latino Learning Center. Spray-painted graffiti covered the walls of the building.

"Of course, at first you get traumatized. Oh my God. You're expecting the worse when you walk in the building," Executive Director Joe Zepeda said.

Besides the tagged walls, vandals threw a brick through the front door.

Investigators were called to the scene to gather information and dust for fingerprints. But, so far, there are no clues as to who did this.

All of the damage was done to the outside.

"It could have been much worse. We do have sensitive information. We have student files. So we're glad very glad our computers weren't messed up, because we can't function without computers," said Zepeda.

Zepeda confirmed the center was closed to the public Sunday.

It is estimated the cost to repair the damage will be about $500. The director hopes whoever did this will get some help.

"We hope they'll reconcile with themselves and hope they don't do this to anybody else because it doesn't serve a purpose," said Zepeda.

The Latino Learning Center offers various trade classes for adults. It is also a senior and disabled care facility.

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