Citrus County family donates reward money for racial slur vandal

By Kim Leoffler, Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 8:12 PM EST

When a Citrus County family's home was vandalized with a racial slur back in August, the community gave them money to use as a reward for any information that would find the person responsible.

There still hasn't been an arrest, but the family is putting that money to good use now by helping others.

Five months later, Dayna and James White say the incident still hurts, but they are moving forward.

"We just keep going on with our lives. You just can't keep looking back on what has happened in the past. We don't live our lives like that," Dayna said.

Shortly after the slur was found, the Whites set up a Gofundme to raise money for a reward for information that would lead to the vandal's arrest. They raised a total of $1,500, and although an arrest still hadn't been made, they split up the funds to two worthy causes.

About $1,200 went to the wife of fallen Kissimmee Officer Matthew Baxter who was shot in August 2017. The Whites aren't from Kissimmee or know the Baxters personally but felt compelled to help them.

"It was just a tragic incident, and it just grabbed our attention, and they risk their lives everyday," Dayna said.

The remaining $300 went to the Citrus County Animal Shelter, where the family adopted one of the dogs, Jazz.

All in all, Dayna said she hopes this donation will show the community how thankful they are for all the support.

"People have stopped us and they've thanked us, but thanks aren't necessary. We appreciate the community, and we want to thank the community so this is our way of saying thank you to them," she explained.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office says the vandlaism case is still open, but they have not received any new leads.