But now it has been revealed that investigators are zeroing in on Phillips' mom, Andrea Brazier (right), as a 'strong suspect.'
State and federal officials have been investigating the incident where an unknown assailant scrawled “Knights don’t need N----r” on the side of the Phillips’ home.
Phillips plays for the Lunenburg Knights football team.
Brazier had stopped helping investigators and offered several different accounts of the incident, according to a police affidavit obtained Wednesday by CBS Boston.
A portion of the hateful message, which, in full, read "Knights don't need N------"
“Andrea just kept answering ‘OK,’ and that she wanted everything to end and that we did not understand,” Detective Jeffrey Thibodeau of the Lunenburg police said in an affidavit.
In a stunning turn of events, a police discovered spray paint cans while searching the home Tuesday, according to reports.
“Most of the leads that we have followed up throughout the investigation have led back toward the house,” Lunenburg Police Department Lt. Mike Luth told the Boston Globe.
The bigotry rocked the Massachusetts town. Lunenberg officials denounced the hateful message and hosted a candle light vigil in support of the boy.
The racist graffiti shocked the Massachusetts town. Lunenburg officials denounced the bigotry and rallied behind Phillips, hosting candlelight vigils and canceling football games until the person was apprehended.
Isaac Phillips is biracial. Andrea Brazier, who is white, first reported the graffiti. On Nov. 18, police found aerosol cans in a fire pit in the backyard of their home. Her husband, Anthony Phillips, who is black, offered three different accounts of where the cans came from, the Boston Globe reported.
Originally members of the football team were believed to be the culprits, but the recent revelations have put the mother in investigator’s crosshairs.
The school went as far as to cancel football games in response to the controversy. The school said it would postpone games until the assailant was apprehended.
Lunenburg Public Schools Superintendent Loxi Colmes said on Wednesday that she “never imagined that something like this could happen in our community.”
“I am grateful that the football players have been removed as suspects,” Colmes said in a statement. “The highly charged emotional environment would have made it unsafe to play.”
The Phillips family has placed “no trespassing” signs on their property. The Phillips father declined to comment when reached by the Globe.
Students expressed disbelief that Andrea Brazier mother could have perpetrated such a heinous act against her own son.
“It’s pretty shocking, if it’s really his mom,” Sam Sargent, 15, a sophomore who plays on the varsity basketball team, told the Globe. “If it’s true, she didn’t just put her son through a lot. She put this whole town through a lot.”