(WAPT) The mayor of Greenville is describing a fire at a black church that was also spray-painted with a "Vote Trump" message as a "hateful and cowardly act."
The fire at Hopewell M.B. Church was reported about 9 p.m. Monday.
City officials said the church was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
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The FBI and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are assisting in the case. Mayor Errick Smith said he considers the incident to be a hate crime because of the political message that he said was intended to interfere with worship and intimidate voters.