Lawyer: Kafker intoxicated during Alice Millar vandalism

Madeline Fox, Reporter

Former Northwestern student Matthew Kafker was “incredibly intoxicated” when he allegedly vandalized Alice Millar Chapel in March, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Kafker, who pleaded not guilty to two dozen criminal charges last week, was arrested along with former NU freshman Anthony Morales after University Police found homophobic, anti-Semitic, racist and other offensive graffiti inside the chapel and its offices on the morning of March 11. The graffiti included a swastika, drawings of male genitalia and the word “Trump.”

Kafker’s lawyer, Barry Spector, stressed that the vandalism with which Kafker was charged was out of character for the former NU freshman.

“This is not who Matt Kafker is. He has incredible support from his family, friends and people who know him the best, because they know the real Matt Kafker,” Spector said. “He apologizes to the entire Northwestern community for his actions and is going to do everything he can to make it right.”

Morales pleaded not guilty to the same charges Wednesday morning. His lawyer did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Morales and Kafker’s next court date is scheduled for June 24 at the Skokie Courthouse.

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