By Shachar Peled, CNN
(CNN) A Muslim family returned from a weekend getaway to find their home vandalized.
Shoaib and Mahrukh — who asked to be identified only by their first names — and their two children were alarmed to find their Alexandria, Virginia, apartment burglarized. Their Quran was torn into pieces, anti-Muslim hate graffiti was written on the wall, and valuables, ranging from their passports with green cards to computers and gold jewelry they had received as wedding gifts, had been stolen.
“We were in pure shock and disbelief,” Shoaib said. “I remember thinking when am I going to wake up from this nightmare.”
The family, who immigrated from Pakistan last year, had been visiting relatives in New York when they learned what had happened.