Fundraiser supports Robbinsdale hate crime victim

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. - The community of Robbinsdale is rallying around one of its own.

Donna Pfarr, 38, woke up the morning of Jan. 12 to find someone had spray painted racist graffiti on her apartment door and mailbox at the Windsor Court Apartments. Donna's 12-year-old daughter, Indigo, is bi-racial.

"I couldn't comprehend what was happening," Pfarr says. "It was very specific towards me, as the mother. You can tell by what they wrote."

Pfarr says she believes someone inside the apartment complex is responsible and that she's no longer comfortable in the place she's called home for five years.

The incident caught the attention of Robbinsdale City Councilman Pat Backen. On Thursday, Backen launched a page on the website, asking for donations to help the two afford a deposit on a new apartment.

As of Saturday, more than $700 has been raised.

"This incident is just so counter to what I believe Robbinsdale is and I knew there would be a ton of support for Donna," Backen says.

Pfarr says nothing like this has ever happened to her and that she's very grateful for the support that's come as a result.

"It was nothing that I expected but something that was offered and it just provides an opportunity for my daughter and I to have a fresh start and feel safe again," she says.

Robinnsdale Police tell Pfarr that no suspects have been identified at this time.

Pfarr is working to get out of her current lease and hopes to be moved into a new apartment by March 1.


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