WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Hundreds of people came together Wednesday night in response to banners found over the weekend. It was for the Affirmation of Freedom meeting.
The event was in response to two banners that were hung outside the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette Sunday. One of the banners had racial slurs and slurs towards gays and lesbians. It also had the date Jan. 23 on it. The second banner referenced singer-songwriter Jackson Browne.
It was a full house during the meeting. City leaders made Wednesday's night message clear -- this community will stand against hate and this incident will not be ignored.
Mayor John Dennis was the keynote speaker at the event. He started his speech off by telling everyone in attendance, "We are better than the banners."
Dennis firmly said he refuses to ignore this and hate doesn't work in a community that loves. He ended his speech by saying,"Not here. Now now. Never again."
The FBI has been notified about the banners. West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski spoke at the event as well. He said he's hoping to get the person responsible in custody soon.
The dozens of people in attendance Wednesday night said the event was all about healing.