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FBI investigating what could be hate crime

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PULASKI, TN (WSMV) -

The FBI is looking into what could be a hate crime after racial slurs and swastikas have been turning up on road signs and along the streets in rural Giles County.

And one man feels he is being targeted because of his children.

Grace Crawford, 5, enjoys exploring on her father's 54-acre farm in rural Giles County. It's a scenic area that's been marred by a racist slur painted on the family's barn.

"Friday around 12:30 we went to get the mail. Well, I wasn't happy. It made me angry," said Donald Crawford.

Donald Crawford adopted Grace when she was an infant. They stand out in this town because he is white and Grace is black. Crawford feels it's those differences that made someone think it was OK to paint the slur and swastika on his property.

"Well, they came under the cover of darkness to do it so we know they are cowards," said Crawford.

The FBI has been called in to the investigation especially since the word "kill" precedes the slur.

But if you drive within a 15-mile radius of the Crawford farm you're likely to see swastikas painted on road signs, in the middle of a street and on the side of a truck. The Giles County Sheriff's Department took photos of the graffiti and investigators are working with the FBI to determine if the acts are intentional or random.

Right now, it just feels personal to Donald Crawford and Grace.

"We're the only location I know of that has that racial slur with the word "kill" in front of it," said Crawford.

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