FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Fairfax boy selling drinks and cookies at a lemonade stand was targeted in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime.
Police say a man dressed in a costume threw a balloon filled with urine and then shouted a racial slur.
Tyler and his sister say they are not letting one bad person stop them from bringing a refreshing break to their neighborhood.
Earlier this month, on July 6th, no one was expecting the vulgar act targeting the boy. 11-year-old Kiya Hill and her older brother Tyler usually prepare for their lemonade stand for the evening rush home. It's what they do on most hot summer days.
But two weeks ago a frightening and deplorable act took place.
The boys mother, Tamika Hill says, "He said, 'mom, someone threw urine at me.' I said, 'oh my God,' and I ran outside."
The family says a man dressed in an anatomy unitard costume, threw a balloon filled with urine. The respectful boy that he is, begged and cried out to the man.
Hill says, "He said please don't throw that at me. Please!"
Tyler who was now covered in urine found what happened next even worse. Hill says, "The man said, go back to Africa you N."
Because of that racial slur, police are investigating it as a possible hate crime.
Kiya Hill, Tyler's sister, "The day it happened, I was crushed and I was upset. Why would someone do this and not show their face and now I'm getting better."
What is also frightening to the family is that they've seen this man before in costume and suspect he lives among them in the apartment complex.
Hill says, "It turned their home into an unsafe environment. My daughter has been most affected and feels sad it happened to her brother."
Kiya says she didn't see the balloon thrown but heard what the man said, "He didn't deserve it, he didn't do anything wrong. We were just trying to sell lemonade."
Police say they've conducted a search warrant at one of these apartments. No arrests have been made.