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Robert E. Lee monument vandalized in Roanoke

(PHOTO: WSLS / NBC)

Roanoke police are investigating after a Confederate monument was vandalized downtown.

NBC affiliate WSLS first noticed the vandalism and reported it to police at 4:47 Thursday morning. Dispatchers said they had not yet received any reports.

"Rest in power Heather Heyer" is spray painted on the Robert E. Lee monument in Lee Plaza, which is on Church Ave. across the street from the courthouse. What appears to be motor oil is on the back of the monument.

Heyer was a counterprotester who was killed August 12 at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

At this time, police believe the vandalism happened between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 4:47 a.m. Thursday.

A cleanup crew from Roanoke City is on the scene.

The monument was erected in 1960.

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