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Contractor hired to remove New Orleans Confederate monuments finds Lamborghini torched

January 21, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Contractor hired to remove New Orleans Confederate monuments finds Lamborghini torched

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A Louisiana contractor who received death threats after his company was hired to remove Confederate monuments in New Orleans is suspecting a fire that consumed his exotic Lamborghini and the controversy are linked.

The city of New Orleans recently contracted David Mahler’s company to remove Confederate monuments from city locations. However, last week Mahler pulled out of the project after receiving death threats.

New Orleans officials contacted the FBI about the threats according to city spokesman Hayne Rainey.

Authorities reported finding Mahler’s $200,000 sports car on fire in the parking lot of his Baton Rouge business.

The St. George Fire Department are conducting an investigation into the blaze. Fire Dept. Spokesman Eldon Ledoux said investigators have not determined the cause of the fire. “At this point we’ve eliminated nothing,” Ledoux said.

Mahler and his lawyer Roy Maughan Jr said Wednesday they believe the car ‘was intentionally set on fire.’

Maughan Jr. confirmed threats made against Mahler, his company H&O, his employees and his family members. Since H&O announced it had backed out of the contract last week, the threats have diminished.

Maughan spoke with the FBI regarding the threats on Wednesday morning. He insisted that Mahler has taken no position on the removal of the monuments. His company were just hired to do the work under its contract with the city, he said.

“It’s not a contract we bid on,” Mahler said.

Opponents filed a lawsuit in federal court, and the work has halted pending a ruling.

The City Council voted 6-1 to remove the monuments, which includes a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee and Confederate President Jefferson Davis during raucous meetings in December.

Mahler’s wife Tessa wrote on a Facebook post: “I don’t know if this has anything to do with a job he was recently CONTRACTED to do and decided not to take or if there is another reason, but it makes me sad that someone would go this far, The hate in this world is too thick, so I’ll be the bigger person and only spread love back.”

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