Burned pews, destroyed musical instruments, Bibles and hymnals are part of the debris inside the fire damaged Hopewell M.B. Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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The FBI opened a civil rights investigation into the arson and vandalism of an African-American church in Mississippi, where someone spray-painted "Vote Trump" in what the mayor called a "heinous, hateful, cowardly act".Greenville Fire Chief Ruben Brown Sr. said the fire was set by someone and estimated the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church was 80 percent destroyed.About 78 percent of Greenville's 32,100 residents are African-American.FBI spokesman Brett Car said it was too early to determine whether the fire should be investigated as a possible hate crime.Mississippi's top elections official, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, said people shouldn't jump to the conclusion that the church was vandalized for political reasons.
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