Racial slur found at Facebook construction site in Eagle Mountain

Nov 8, 2021, 4:46 PM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 12:00 pm

facebook racial slur noose eagle mountain...

FILE: Graffiti found in November 2021 at a Facebook construction site in Eagle Mountain. Someone wrote "Kill a n----- day 11-29" inside a port-a-potty at the construction site. In March, the construction company said it became aware someone left a noose at the site, but they did not say where. Photo: Utah County Sheriff's Office

EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah — A racial slur was found Monday morning at the Facebook construction site in Eagle Mountain, along with what appeared to be threatening language, police said.

The site already hosts a functioning data facility for Facebook, but construction continues on a 900,000 square foot expansion. 

A worker discovered the slur written inside the door of a portable bathroom on the Facebook construction site, said Sgt. Spencer Cannon, spokesman for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. He added a reward is offered for information leading to the person who wrote the slur.

Slur discovered inside port-a-potty at Facebook construction site

“The Facebook people were very concerned about it and they called a meeting with all the workers,” Cannon said. The company sent its workers home for the day. 

He said the slur — “Kill a n—– day 11-29” — makes a reference to what may be the date of Nov. 29.

“Whether or not somebody has actual plans to do that or not, we don’t know. But it’s a concern enough that we’re looking into it and seeing if we can identify a person,” Cannon said.

He added that the only people who have access to the site are the workers but they number more than 1,300. Cannon said it is “extremely unlikely” that someone other than one of the workers could have entered the construction site.

“We believe that it’s probably unlikely that somebody intends to carry out a threat or follow through on a statement like that. But we have to consider the possibility that somebody might intend to do that,” he said.

Cannon added that investigators will look into the possibility that the slur may constitute a hate crime.

“It’s disheartening to think that somebody would have those thoughts, let alone would express them — and then even worse — to express them in writing,” he said. 

Read more: 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Crime, Police + Courts

A man looks for a break in traffic as he crosses 300 West at a busy pedestrian area between Walmart...

Kennedy Camarena

Three pedestrian involved car accidents have SLCPD reminding the public about road safety

After three car accidents occurred within the same week, all with injury to pedestrians, SLCPD is reminding road users about road safety.

16 hours ago

SWAT officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department stand in a driveway after they and patrol o...

Kennedy Camarena

Suspect arrested by SLCPD and SWAT after threatening medical workers with a gun

Salt Lake City Police Department and their SWAT team were able to safely arrest a man who threatened Gold Cross employees with a gun.

22 hours ago

Former President Donald Trump walks on stage during the 2024 NRB International Christian Media Conv...

Fredreka Schouten, CNN

Wisconsin ethics panel recommends criminal prosecution for a Trump fundraising committee

A Wisconsin ethics panel is recommending that prosecutors pursue charges against one of Donald Trump’s fundraising arms.

1 day ago

Handcuffs are shown against a black background....

Alexander Campbell, ksltv

Salt Lake City man charged with credit union robbery

After the robbery of a Cyprus Credit Union in West Valley, a federal grand jury formally charged Joey Shaun Symond with the crime.  

1 day ago

Police are investigating the scene at the University of Georgia in Athens where a nursing student w...

Rebekah Riess, Caroll Alvarado, Holly Yan and Jamiel Lynch, CNN

Suspect in death of Augusta University student found on UGA campus taken into custody

Campus police arrested a suspect in the killing of an Augusta University student on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.

1 day ago

A barbed wire fence is shown at a utah prison, whose populations are rising quickly...

Heather Peterson

Prison populations are rising locally and nationally

Utah officials say that prison populations in the state are rising at a higher rate than the national average.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Racial slur found at Facebook construction site in Eagle Mountain