American University: Hate crime investigation has ‘exhausted’ all leads

WASHINGTON — Officials at American University announced an update in the status of an investigation into what they called “a deeply troubling racist act” that occurred in May 2017.

An unknown suspect hung bananas from nooses around the university’s campus on May 1, 2017.

President Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement that “all credible leads have been exhausted at this time and no suspect has been identified to date.”

The investigation was taken up not only by American University police, but by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as well as the FBI.

If anyone has additional information, it will be investigated, Burwell said.

“I know this is disappointment,” she said in the statement. “The best way I know to move forward is to continue to work together as a community and focus on actions to improve the well-being and safety of all. We will not waver from our commitment to ensure that ours is an inclusive, safe campus for everyone.”

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story said the investigation had been closed.

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