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Mecosta County Family Attacked with Arson, Racial Slurs

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The pole barn was burned to the ground and racial slurs were spray painted on the home of a local black family.

As of right now police do not know the motive behind the hate crime or why they targeted the home in Sheridan Township just across the street from Chippewa Hills High School.

Police say the tires and wheels were stolen from the two cars inside the pole barn before it was set on fire.

This all happened around 1 in the morning on Saturday when the homeowner was at work so it is unclear how many people were involved or when the house was spray painted.

But the racial slur, written on the house is a sign of racism that Mecosta County has not dealt with very often in the past.

9&10 News' Eric Lloyd and photojournalist Eric Malewitz looked into the investigation and have more details.