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Police investigate possible hate crime in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City authorities are investigating a possible hate crime after a Muslim couple reported someone vandalized their home.

The Kansas City Star reports the couple reported someone spray-painted “Allah Scum,” and other slurs on surfaces throughout their home. Police suspect charcoal lighter was used to set fire to a staircase.

Kansas City police’s bomb and arson unit is investigating. FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said the agency has been in contact with police about the incident.

The man is a native of Pakistan and his wife is a black woman from Kansas. The Star says they asked that their names not be used because police have not made an arrest. They told police they found the damage when they returned home one night last month with their three children.

The family does not plan to return to the home.

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