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Authorities Investigate Graffiti Case as Hate Crime

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — Authorities in Nevada say a business was spray painted with graffiti in what is now being investigated as a hate crime.

The Nye County Sheriff’s office said Monday that it was discovered Sunday afternoon in front of a shop in Pahrump, about an hour northwest of Las Vegas.

The business was spray painted with derogatory words against the owner’s religion.

No suspects have been identified but they could face charges for malicious destruction of property.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned the vandalism and said the Muslim business owner and his family have been targeted for more than a month.

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