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Sep 21, 2010 4:23 PM by Letitia Walker

Update: Possible Hate Crime Investigated by FBI

Update: The FBI has joined the investigation, but they're not leading it. It's also being investigated by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office and fire department.
Sheila Thorne with the FBI tells KATC they're interested as it relates to a possible hate crime due to the proximity of the car to the Islamic Center. (It was in the parking lot.) The public can call the FBI's Lafayette office if they have information that can help the case.
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The FBI is investigating a burned-out car located outside of the Islam Center of Lafayette near UL's campus after reports came in shortly after 10:30 am today. The car is located just off of Taft Ave on Tulane Ave. Craig Stansbury of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office says the Sheriff's Office is investigating the car as a case of arson and has since turned over the investigation to the FBI.

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