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Shocking Hate Crime Investigation in Rutherford County

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn.A Rutherford County couple found racist signs on their front porch Wednesday morning, and now the Sheriffs office is investigating the hate crime.
 
Michael and Rachel Varnell have lived on Stroop Lane for ten years, and say they have never had any problems until this week. Michael was leaving for work around 6:30 A.M., when he discovered a photo of a nude woman with swastikas and KKK written on it on his porch. He and his wife, Rachel then found graffiti on their front door with the same symbols.
 
The Varnells contacted 911.
 
Rachel Varnell said, " Oh it's been a nightmare today honestly. The detectives have come and have  taken prints and done everything like that."
 
As the investigation continues, the Varnells thought of the reason behind the hate crime. They believe it is most likely geared toward either their son, Daniel who is autistic or their 7-year-old niece and 2-year-old nephew, MJ.
 
Rachel Varnell explained, "They play outside all the time, they are of mixed race. The fact that this is something targeted towards a child is just absolutely ludicrous to me."
 
The couple let their nephew paint over the door this afternoon. They also put a sign in their front lawn that reads: The Lord is my judge and yours. Blessed are the children of all colors and abilities. You will BURN. Next time you want to show your IGNORANCE, JUST KNOCK.
 
The family says their ready if those responsible return.
 
Rachel Varnell added, "  I've got two large, 90 pound hounds and a shotgun so if we catch them I don't think I am as concerned for myself."
 
Michael Varnell said, " It makes me really want to hurt someonebut I try to put that aside and realize that they're the ones with the ignorance and the problem, and being violent towards them isn't going to do anything."
 
The Rutherford County Sheriffs Office is asking that anyone with anyone information regarding the hate crime to contact: Detective Groce at 615-904-3049 or Crime Stoppers at 893-STOP.

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