Hundreds show support for Marine, his Deltona dad after hateful note left on car
WEST VOLUSIA INCIDENT
DELTONA — Hundreds on social media showed their support for a dad and his Marine son after somebody left a note wishing his son would die.
The father of the U.S. Marine returned to his car after shopping at Wal-Mart on Friday to find a hateful note on his window, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said Lewis Alexander and his wife Tami had a sticker on their car that states, “My son is a Marine,” and someone left a note that said “F*** you and your son. I hope he dies!”
Lewis Alexander called the Sheriff’s Office to report the note that they said made him so upset he cried.
The Sheriff’s Office shared the note on their Facebook page Friday afternoon, stating they couldn’t “undo the message,” but they could use the opportunity to say thank you to all service members and their families.
“To this man in Deltona, to anyone who’s served or is serving our country, and to all the families who sacrifice precious months and years with a loved one: THANK YOU and your son, daughter, husband, wife, relative or friend for what you’ve given us …” the post said.
The post had more than 1,000 shares and 1,500 likes less than 24 hours later.
“I was really upset and angry, and after seeing all the posts I’m relieved,” Alexander said. “It turned a really negative experience into a positive one.”
Alexander said his 20-year-old son Chance Alexander is a Lance Corporal who has been overseas for two years now, and they don’t know when he will be home.
Lewis Alexander said it’s difficult because they aren’t allowed to know where he is and they don’t get to speak with him often.
“You just never know when a car pulls in your driveway who it it will be — the Chaplain or who,” Alexander said. “Yesterday was just a really rough day. I love our community … that person who left that note has a lot of issues, but I forgive them.”
Volusia County residents and people from across the country had commented, expressing their gratitude for the man, his son and all service members and their disgust of the note.
Facebook user Sheila Boggs said, “Thank you for service and our freedom. There are those out there that don’t know, understand or care but one day they will be wanting our military protection. God bless you, your son and all our military men and women.”
John Albert said, “Thank your son for his service and thank you sir for raising a man with morals. My youngest son serves as well, as did I, we’ve both seen the ignorance of some people out there who just don’t get it! These low life idiots don’t understand if it weren’t for those who serve they wouldn’t have the liberties that they have!”
Other people commented calling for Wal-Mart to release video of the man who left the note, and said he should be caught and punished for the “hate crime.”
Sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson said Saturday the placing of the not is not a crime, and there isn’t anything the Sheriff’s Office can investigate.
The Sheriff’s Office said they can’t put a note on every windshield, but they would like to say, “We respect you, we support you and we’re here for you at home.”