Community shows support for harassed Gilbert gay couple

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Friends and family of a gay couple who said they have been victims of a hate crime held a informational picket outside the Gilbert Police Department on Saturday.

The picketers said they wanted draw attention to the issue of harassment and that more needs to be done to protect families from this type of abuse.

The family said over the past 12 weeks, someone has set fire to their bushes, keyed their car, and broken into their home and spray-painted profanities inside.

"My kids are being terrorized," one of the victims, Felix Bermea said. "My kids have no safe place and this is why we are wanting the Gilbert Police to know that this is a very serious situation that's going on."

Gilbert Police said they were investigating all of the reports, but they have not identified any suspects.

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