LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – The Iraqi-owned business that police say was the target of a hate crime will not reopen. The business manager for Jacob’s Smoke Shop says he filed paperwork with the secretary of state to officially close the business.
Vandals broke in and ripped apart the Shepherdsville store last month, spray painting “Hate Arab” and “Go Home” on the floors and walls. Community members have now posted words of encouragement on the front of the business.
Owner Ali Alboodi told them he feared for his life and was returning to Iraq. The FBI is investigating.