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Sarver Family Targeted By Hate Crime

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SARVER (KDKA) – A local family woke up to find a swastika chemically burned into their front lawn in Sarver.

“Disgust, upset, anger, no reason for this,” said John Namey whose family lives on Helper Road.
Overnight Monday, a Chevy truck belonging to his step-son was also vandalized.

They dumped paint on it, they flattened two tires, they super-glued coins to the hood of his vehicle – sending a message.

The coins were arranged in a vulgar finger gesture. The work “think” was keyed into the finish, the antenna snapped, the driver’s seat broken and tobacco juice now coats the interior.

There are four children living at the home and Namey said he believes his teen daughter is the target.

“I have a 16-year-old daughter who is openly gay, and is proud, and we are proud of her,” said Namey.

His daughter has also been bullied on the school bus.

“She’s been bullied at school,” Namey said. “She doesn’t ride the bus anymore, just because she doesn’t feel safe.”

Namey says he’s raised his children to respect others.

“It doesn’t matter their color, sexual orientation, whatever, treat everybody the same,” he said.

Buffalo Township Police are investigating this case as a hate crime and if whoever did this thought it was funny, the penalties might just wipe the smiles off their faces.

“Not realizing how serious this is, this becomes a hate crime, now it’s a felony,” Namey said.

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