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EASTPOINTE, Mich. — Eastpointe families said they were hurt and shocked to discover messages of hate and racial slurs in their mailboxes this week.

A handwritten letter was sent to 18 addresses on Sprenger Street — all of which are the homes of African-American families.


“You just need to move back across 8 Mile. We just need to start killin’ you (expletive) one by one,” the letter in part reads.


It also lists each address.


“I’ve never experienced anything like this, ever. It’s shocking, very shocking,” said resident Darlene Foster.


Foster said as soon as she opened the letter, she called police.


“As soon as I hung up the phone they were coming up the street,” Foster said. “The police response time was great.”


The mother of two said she’s lived on Sprenger Street for seven years, and isn’t planning on moving.


“The neighbors I spoke to, we’re here and we’re not going anywhere,” she said. “I know I’m know going anywhere unless it’s my choice, not by choice.”


But Foster said she’s still concerned about the neighborhood children, so she and other neighbors have stepped up their guard.


“I’m on guard. I was on guard before this but you have to be,” she said.


Anyone who received the letter is asked to turn it in to Eastpointe police so it can be sent to the Michigan State Police crime lab for testing.

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