- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Asheville police are investigating the defacing of a monument commemorating the life of Zebulon Vance, a former North Carolina governor and senator following the Civil War.

Sgt. Dave Romick says someone used red spray paint to write “Black Lives Matter” on the monument in downtown Asheville. He says an eyewitness reported that a white woman sprayed the graffiti about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Romick says employees of the city’s public works department quickly removed the graffiti with a pressure washer, and the statue was clean by sunrise.

Other Confederate monuments have been marked with the phrase “Black Lives Matter” since the shooting deaths of nine black people during a Bible study in a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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