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FBI investigating racist graffiti, threat on vehicle parked near K-State as hate crime

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MANHATTAN, KS (AP) -

The FBI has gotten involved and is investigating as a hate crime the report of a vehicle that was defaced with racist graffiti while parked near Kansas State University in Manhattan.

The Riley County Police Department says in a news release that the crime occurred sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

The graffiti included racial slurs and a threat.

This week's incident was not on campus, but minority students are fed up and angry with how the university has been handling the situation. 

“Why would that happen?" said Tinasha Watson, who spotted the vehicle. "Why would someone do something like that to someone? It happened again and it’s going to keep happening until he puts his foot down.”

Watson was talking about Kansas State president Richard Meyers, who has been president for almost a year. 

Watson said she's had enough and is ready to leave the city and school behind. 

Police spokeswoman Hali Rowland identified the victim, who owns the vehicle and is a 21-year-old man.

Police are still investigating the incident.

On Thursday, the RCPD said that they have filed a report for a criminal threat. The case is being investigated as a hate crime.

The FBI is now the lead agency on the case, but RCPD will continue to assist.

Anyone with information is asked to contact RCPD, the FBI or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers.

Using the Crime Stoppers service can allow you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

Copyright 2017 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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