Vandals scrawled a hate message on the Taos grave of frontiersman Kit Carson and smeared feces on the headstone.

"This man murdered many innocent Indian men, women and children. The Taos Pueblo warriors killed him for this along with Governor (Charles) Bent," said the message, which was written with a marker.The vandals struck Thursday morning, said Dennis Martinez, grounds supervisor for the Taos building and grounds department.

The damage was reported by a tourist visiting the site at the Kit Carson Memorial Park, and the grave was immediately cleaned, Martinez said.