A family in Texas woke up to fire two of their cars last Wednesday, and spray painted “Trump 20” at their home after putting a “Black Lives Matter” sign on their yard.
Jella Gipson and Charles Crawford, who are black, told WFFA that they suspected there might be a signal to attack their home in Little Elm.
“The sign was in my yard for less than two weeks and then suddenly we had such a tragedy,” Gipson said.
He said, “I would have preferred that they just sign.” But to set the house on fire? It is going too far. “
NBC News reported that Gipson’s 21-year-old son was first discovered when he smelled smoke during a midnight trip to the bathroom on December 9.
The couple then rush to take their Nissan Optima and Kia Fort on their way.
He also noticed that the “Trump 20” was spray-painted on his garage door, and the “Black Lives Matter” sign on his yard with the same red spray paint used at his home.
“It’s definitely a hate crime,” Jeppson told NBC News.
Little Elm firefighters finally overcome the flames. Photographs of the incident appear to have partially broken the front windows of the cars, and the front bumpers burned to ashes.
The Little Elm Police Department has opened an arson investigation in the case.
No arrests have been made.