COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - The concrete in front of the Haynes Ring Plaza that holds the Aggie Ring statue at Texas A&M University was vandalized early Tuesday morning.
Graffiti written on the ground in front of the ring read, "Rape is inevitable may as well enjoy it - Clayton Williams". The graffiti then has two arrows pointing towards the Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center building.
Texas A&M University police confirmed Wednesday they are looking for three people in connection to the vandalism.
According to Lt. Bobby Richardson, three people were caught on camera spray painting the concrete in front of the statue at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday.
Surveillance video shows the individuals each wearing dark clothing and their heads covered with what appeared to be hooded sweatshirts. Police have not revealed any other information regarding the suspects.
A receptionist at the Alumni Center found it Tuesday morning around 7:30 a.m. The case has been handed over to the TAMU Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.
Requests for interviews to both the Association of Former Students and university officials were declined Tuesday.
However, Kathryn Greenwade, the Associations Vice President for Communications, said in a statement, "We believe the best way to allow our university police to find the individuals responsible for this act is to allow their investigation to be completed before commenting further."
The vandalism comes just days before the spring Aggie Ring Day ceremonies at TAMU, which are scheduled to be held April 7 and 8.
Clayton Williams is a 1954 graduate of Texas A&M University. The graffiti is likely in reference to a comment Williams made when he ran for governor back in 1990.
According to a Texas Monthly article, during the campaign, Williams attempted to make light of a situation by comparing bad weather to rape, saying "If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it". Williams lead plummeted following the comment and he eventually went on to lose the race for governor of Texas.
The graffiti was cleaned up by end of day Tuesday.
KBTX has filed an open records request for the surveillance footage of the vandalism.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact university police at 979-845-2345.