The father of the murdered university student from Iowa, Mollie Tibbetts, has been targeted by white supremacists on recorded calls using his death to boost his racist agenda.
Rob Tibbetts believes he was one of the first to receive the robocall, which has since been sent to residents across the state, just two days after his daughter's funeral in Brooklyn, Iowa.
The recorded voice called the traitors of the Tibbetts family to their race and affirmed that if the murdered person of 20 years could be resurrected, she would "kill all the immigrants".
Horrible: Rob Tibbetts received a robbery called to the "traitors racial" of his family, alleging that if his daughter Mollie, photographed with him, could resuscitate, "kill all immigrants."
"It was incredibly painful," Tibbetts told the Des Moines Register.
"Everything that is dark and wrong in the United States right now," adding that her daughter would have found the message "deeply racist."
Since then, Iowa authorities have confirmed that "robocalls" are being used, citing Ms. Tibbetts to promote white supremacist views, but said there is little they can do.
Prosecutors have no authority to intervene because apparently there is no effort to cheat anyone for commercial purposes, said Lynn Hicks, spokeswoman for the Iowa Attorney General's office.
Hicks said that the Iowa law addresses automatic thefts, or automatic brands, uses the equipment for fraudulent purposes, "but there are all kinds of exceptions for non-commercial purposes and for non-profit organizations."
Shocking: Tibbetts called the theft "incredibly painful" and said his daughter would have found the message "deeply racist."
Authorities in Iowa have since confirmed that "robocalls" are being used, citing Ms. Tibbetts to promote white supremacist views, but said there is little they can do because of freedom of expression.
He called it a "really complicated First Amendment issue."
University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts was kidnapped while outside the Brooklyn, Iowa, house on July 18.
The man accused of his death, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, is also suspected of being in the US. UU Illegally President Donald Trump and other politicians quickly noted that element of the case and called for changes to the immigration law.
The robocalls refer to the comments that Tibbetts' father made in defense of the Hispanics when he addressed his friends and family at his funeral.
The calls question whether her daughter would feel the same if she were still alive and describe Rivera as "an invader of Mexico."
The calls also refer to immigrants who live in the United States. UU Unlawfully when they say: "We do not have to kill them all, but we have to deport them all."
The calls were first reported by a political website in Iowa, Iowa Starting Line.
Recordings say The Road to Power, an Idaho-based group with a website and a neo-Nazi podcast linked by officials to an Idaho man who, according to local media, distributed racist CDs in a high school parking lot much in Sandpoint, Idaho, in December. The man did not return a telephone message on Friday from The Associated Press.
The caller ID shows a Brooklyn area code and a local prefix, but Ted Atkinson of the Brooklyn Mutual Telecommunications Cooperative said it is not clear where the calls come from.
Nearly 100 people held a prayer vigil Thursday in Des Moines to support the Tibbetts family and urge the Hispanic unit to face the robocalls.
In an opinion piece published online by The Des Moines Register on Saturday, Rob Tibbetts says that while he supports the debate on immigration, some politicians and experts went too far in using his daughter's death to promote political agendas.
Cristhian Bahena Rivera, seen in the Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa, has been charged with first-degree murder for the death of Mollie Tibbetts.
Mr. Tibbetts, photographed with his daughter, has asked politicians and commentators to refrain from using his daughter's death to promote his arguments
He argued that the alleged killer "is no longer a reflection of the Hispanic community as white supremacists are all white."
"Do not appropriate Mollie's soul to advance points of view that she believed were deeply racist," he wrote.
"The act greatly extends the crime that stole Mollie from our family and, to quote Donald Trump Jr., is" cruel "and" despicable ".
The quote comes from a Friday opinion piece by Trump Jr. that criticized the media and the Democrats for not reproducing the immigration status of the suspect.
"Despite what some Democrats may wish deep in their hearts, Mollie was killed by an illegal immigrant and her murder would never have happened if we properly monitored our southern border," the president's son wrote.
Rob Tibbetts wrote in his opinion article that his daughter was "nobody's victim". Neither is a pawn in the debate of others.
"I may not be able to speak for itself, but I can and will," he continued.
& # 39; Please, leave us out of your debate. Allow us to feel pain in privacy and with dignity. Finally, it shows some decency. On behalf of my family and Mollie's memory, I'm asking you to stop.