FBI ready to join investigation of swastika burned into grass of Butler Co. home

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SARVER, Pa. - A Butler County man said he woke up on Friday to find a symbol of hate in his front yard and now the FBI is offering their assistance with the investigation.

John Namey sent Channel 11 a message on Facebook, saying he found a large swastika burned into the grass of his Sarver home.

"It's a hateful thing. There is no place for that in this world, but unfortunately some people thrive on putting others down," said Namey.

Namey said this incident is not the first personal attack against his family. Namey showed Channel 11’s Vince Sims pictures taken a few days ago of his stepson’s truck, which was covered in pink paint and had a derogatory image super glued in coins on the hood in addition to two flat tires.

Namey said he thinks he knows why his family is being targeted.

"We have a 16-year-old daughter who is openly gay, and she has been targeted in school because of that," said Namey.

“Ignorant and uneducated” is how Namey described the people that are lashing out at his daughter.

"Grow up. Let people be who they are. Don't judge people based on race or sexual orientation. Everybody is different. Just let people live their lives and be happy," said Namey.

Buffalo Township police are the lead investigators of this crime with the FBI ready to join if needed.