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Roswell HIV group had tires slashed

<p>Staff Writer</p>

August 1, 2013

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a possible hate crime in Roswell after employees of an HIV support group had their tires slashed.

The Roswell Daily Record reports ( that Roswell police say the drivers' side rear tires of three separate vehicles were slashed Wednesday at Alianza of New Mexico.

Authorities say a suspect left a calling card in the form of a note on each vehicle. Alianza Executive Director Sashua Patton says the notes were derogatory and threatening.

Considering the text, officials say the crime could be viewed as a hate crime by New Mexico statutes, since it targeted a certain group.

Alianza of New Mexico serves the needs of people who are living with or are affected by HIV. The group tracks medical case management and medical care.