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FRAMINGHAM – A fund has been set up to help a Route 135 business, owned by Korean-Americans, that was vandalized.

“Early this morning a vandal and thief threw a brick through the window of W&S Cleaners,” said John Stefanini, who created the GoFundMe. Stefanini, a resident of the neighborhood, is also the District 8 City Councilor.

W&S Cleaners is located at 694 Waverly Street. For more than 2 decades the business has been operating in the Coburnville-Tripoli neighborhoods.

“Our Korean neighbors and friends, who own and operate the cleaners on Waverly Street, are thankfully safe and unharmed. And while it appears to be part of a string of similar robberies in the area, given what is going on in the world, please share some love with them and help raise some funds to replace their door,” said Stefanini.

The owners came and spoke at a Coburnville-Tripoli Neighborhood Association meeting about their business, and Stefanini has been a customer for years.

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UPDATED: The goal is to raise $1,000, and more than $1,000 was raised in less than 2 hours.

To donate, click here.

Earlier this week, eight individuals in Atlanta, Georgia — six of them women of Asian descent — were shot & killed.

There has been a rise in racist and xenophobic attacks in the United States since the coronavirus pandemic began.

At this time police do not view this as a hate crime, as there were more than one business attacked in the neighborhood.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.