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Teen’s mom, Andrea Brazier, was prime suspect

LUNENBURG, Mass. — There is not enough evidence to file criminal charges against the prime suspect in a racial graffiti case in Lunenburg, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. announced Wednesday, prompting outrage from some in the town.

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Investigators identified alleged victim’s mother, Andrea Brazier, as the primary suspect in painting racial slurs on her home, which were blamed on the school football team by the family.

“We have notified the Lunenburg Police Department that the evidence presented to us fails to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime has been committed by a particular person,” Early said.

Lunenburg police were called to the family’s home on Nov. 15 after a racial slur was found painted on the back of their home. At the time, Brazier said it was directed at her son, Isaac Phillips, because is an African-American.

The family initially accused the Lunenburg High School football team, which Phillips played for, of painting the slur.

In the weeks that followed, hundreds rallied around the family and Gov. Deval Patrick offered his personal support.

Citing safety concerns, Superintendent of Schools Loxi Jo Calmes canceled the remainder of the football season, including the Thanksgiving Day game.

The football team was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.

“I’m beyond angry,” said Les Szabady whose son Danny is captain of the football team. “Here’s what I don’t understand: the district attorney says we don’t know how to charge this. Well, you started as a hate crime, finish it as a hate crime. What better example of hate than doing something this horrible and blaming it on kids.”

Phillips has since left the Lunenburg school system and attending school in Leominister.

“What really makes us mad is that to this day we still don’t have an apology to the kids, their families or their coaches from the school or the town,” said Szbady.