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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Anti-gun graffiti spray-painted on sidewalks near Vermont’s Statehouse before a rally against gun violence is being investigated as vandalism.

Police say the image — which included the word “STOP” and a depiction of a rifle — was found painted “all over” the paths outside the Statehouse.

Police Chief Matthew Romei says the graffiti was removed before the rally Saturday morning in Montpelier.

A student organizer of the rally, Madison Knoop, told the Burlington Free Press on Monday that her group had nothing to do with the spray paint.

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Kristen Vrancken, who helped organize the rally, said protesters would have volunteered to clean it up had they been aware of it.