A local family says they were terrorized by a burning cross on their property. Police say they don't have a suspect yet, but they are taking this investigation seriouslyMembers of the Louis family say they found the historical symbol of hate in their front yard Sunday night."We opened the door to look at it to find a flaming cross right here on the ground -- just on fire. And we were all just shocked," said Kerry Louis.Kerry Louis' cousin Sam Meronvil doesn't know what to make of it."It was very shocked because you don't see that every day. It's not nothing that you see every day," Meronvil said. The 19-year-olds say they rushed to put out the flames and didn't even notice the raw deer meat left on the front porch."Some people have said maybe it means you're dead meat. We don't know," said Kerry Louis.Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman says without knowing who did this and why, it's difficult to say if it was motivated by racial hatred, but they are investigating it as a terroristic threat."It states specifically in the code section that if you place a burning cross on the property of somebody else to terrorize, that's a terroristic threat or terroristic act," Bowman said. The state Supreme Court struck down Georgia's hate-crimes law in 2004 for being "unconstitutionally vague."With all that's happened, the family says they're considering finding a new place to live."I feel that should be the next step is to move, or find out who did this, or what's going on," Meronvil said. Anyone who knows anything about the cross burning at this home near Woodstock is asked to call the Cobb County Police Department at 770-499-3945.
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