Police, FBI investigate swastika burned in yard of Pa. family with lesbian daughter

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SARVER, Pa. — A swastika burned into a western Pennsylvania family’s yard has prompted a police and FBI investigation.

John Namey said his family woke up Thursday morning and saw the swastika. Namey is not sure why the family was targeted, but that his daughter is gay and has been threatened with violence in the past.

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“I have a 16-year-old daughter who is openly gay, and is proud, and we are proud of her,” Namey told KDKA-TV. He also said that his stepson’s car was vandalized and covered in pink paint this week.

The family’s home in Sarver is about 25 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Namey told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that his daughter has been the subject of repeated bullying because of her sexual orientation.

He said the bullying started to become a problem when she came out about three years ago and it got so bad that she became uncomfortable riding the bus to school.

FBI spokeswoman Kelly Kochamba said they are reviewing the case. Buffalo Township police did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Following is a report from KDKA-TV:

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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