Hate crime suspected after Iowa biracial couple’s home is set ablaze and N-word painted on walls

By David Edwards
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 11:59 EDT
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Shelly Owens' home burned in possible hate crime (KETV)
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A biracial couple in Iowa suspects that they have been victims of a hate crime after their home was burned and racial slurs were painted on their walls.

Shelly Owens told KETV that firefighters were called to her Council Bluffs home at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

“I’m very angry,” she said. “I’m just fortunate that my kids were in school and that we weren’t home.”

Owens, who is white, and her African-American fiance were both at work when they found out their house was on fire. The couple’s biracial children were also in school at the time.

The perpetrators vandalized her home and even spray-painted the walls.

“They wrote the ‘N-word’ all over my walls,” Owens explained. “This is against me, I guess, and it’s a hate crime.”

Council Bluffs police Sgt. David Dawson said that investigators were looking into the incident as a possible hate crime.

“We very rarely have anything that I can remember for quite a while that I would say is related to a hate crime over here,” Dawson told KETV.

Watch the video below from KETV, broadcast Sept. 11, 2013.


(h/t: New York Daily News)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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