Iowa Interracial Couple's Home Set Ablaze in Racist Attack

An interracial couple in Iowa say they were victims of a hate crime after their home was burned and the n-word was painted on their walls.

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Shelly Owens says that her home was burned and racial slurs were painted on her walls. (KETV screenshot)

Authorities in Council Bluffs, Iowa, are investigating a possible hate crime after the home of an interracial couple was set ablaze and the n-word was scrawled on their walls, the Raw Story reports.

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.

Read more at the Raw Story.

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