Mississippi Church Burned and Tagged with "Vote Trump"

“Vote Trump” is painted on the side of the fire-damaged Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

“Vote Trump” is painted on the side of the fire-damaged Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

The residents of an 111 year old An African-American church in Greenville, Mississippi, woke up this morning in shock to find it was burned and vandalized late Tuesday evening.

According to reports officials responded to a fire ablaze at the Hopewell Baptist Church around 9:15pm and when officials arrived they determined it was an act of hate.

At a press conference this morning, Greenville Fire Chief Ruben Brown says officials arrived on scene to find no one in the church at the time and that the main sanctuary was was were majority of the damage occurred. He also stated the words “Vote Trump” were spray painted on the right side of the church.  

The FBI was called in also to investigate the incident according to crime and breaking news reporter Therese Apel:

Officials stated in a press conference this morning that the matter is being investigated as a hate crime.

The pastor of the church stated, “Our church was a historic church. It had been there for over 111 years and our hearts are broken. But we are not angry, but hearts are broken.”