The couple said they were scared and disgusted when they discovered the vandalism

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July 05, 2015 01:10 PM

A Texas couple said they were scared and disgusted to discover their vehicle was vandalized Friday by hate speech after a black friend came to visit, according to local reports.

The Frankes, of Spring, Texas, discovered their truck had been sprayed with graffiti on Friday morning, they told KHOU. Messages included a large orange “KKK” across the white hood.

“It’s absolutely disgusting,” one neighbor told KHOU. “What’s America coming to? I live around the corner you can’t even park your vehicle out front now?”

The husband told KHOU that one of the couple’s friends, who is black, had been staying with them.

“My black friend, he’s been here for two days,” he told the station. “Me and him hung out in the yard and just mowed the grass and hanging out around the house yesterday. We woke up this morning and he goes, ‘Man you need to go look at your truck!'”

“He felt like it was his fault,” his wife added. “And I don’t want him to feel that way. He’s always welcome in our home.”

The neighborhood is ethnically diverse, according to KTRK, and has been struck by graffiti before.

The Frankes were able to remove the graffiti from their vehicle with the help of neighbors and nail polish remover, according to KHOU, and an embarrassing trip to the car wash.

“People stared and pointed,” the wife told KTRK. “They thought we did it. I think it is hateful and disgusting. Anyone who knows us knows we would never do anything like that.”

The local constable is investigating, according to KTRK. The office has not responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The Frankes will install security cameras on their property, they told KTRK, and neither they nor their young son spent the night in their home following the incident.

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