A black family in Texas says they fell victim to a heinous crime after their two cars caught fire, with their home destroyed last week with the phrase “Trump 20”, which they identify as a response to their “Black Lives Matter.”
Jail Gibson, 36, told NBC News that her 21-year-old son was smoking when he was using the restroom after midnight last Wednesday when he went outside and found her.
“This is definitely a heinous crime,” Gibson said. “‘Trump 2020’ was sprayed in our garage, our ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo was spray-painted, and our cars caught fire.”
Police in Little Elm, a suburb of Dallas, said officers and firefighters responded to Gibson’s home after a 911 call. No arrests or injuries were reported, but an investigation is ongoing, police said.
Photos of the scene show the missing car parts, the black suit surrounding the vehicles and the front bumpers completely burned to ashes.
Gibson said he has never experienced hate speech since moving to Little Elm in 2017. He blames “Black Lives Matter” for Wednesday’s incident, saying the family was placed in their front yard the day before Thanksgiving.
“It’s scary,” he said. “I don’t think it would have been an incident for us if that sign hadn’t been in my yard.”
Gibson said he may have lost his 12-year-old daughter who was sleeping in his room next to the garage where the cars were burning.
Investigators have not yet determined a motive for the incident, and they have not determined whether it is a heinous crime.
A GoFundMe Set up by his neighbors to cover the cost of the family’s losses.
Gibson said he was grateful for the support of his community and friends, but said no one was eligible for the treatment, regardless of political affiliation.
“My life is important, no matter how someone feels or their beliefs or opinions – it’s something I give voice to the universe,” he said. “The black life thing.” “