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CLARKSDALE, Miss. (FOX13) -

Early Saturday morning John King's Clarksdale home was tagged, torched and set on fire. He's calling for the FBI to get involved in the investigation saying that his house was torched because of the color of his skin.

King is disabled. His body is wracked with arthritis and gout. He has trouble getting up the steps of what is left of the only house he has ever owned.

"Due to arthritis I can't do anything anymore and I am on a limited income," he said. "I don't have hundreds of dollars in my checking account but whatever I do have I have worked hard for, and for people to break in and steal stuff because of my skin color is just horrendous!," he said. "It really is. Somebody shouldn't have to go through this day and age.

"It's horrible, just because of the color of my skin. I really hate to say it but the FBI needs to come in and help."

The fire tore through his living room and melted furniture; a surreal scene with burned trophy deer heads on the wall. Heat caused paint to peel and bubble on the walls. King says the perpetrators left graffiti in his bedroom. He says police have told him it may be a sign used by a gang or young kids who want to be in a gang.

"Everything is destroyed and they took the time to write get out 'cracker' on the wall," King said. "They also sprayed a star on the wall. If you are willing to take the time to write get out 'cracker' on my wall then yes that is a hate crime."
 
Friends and family say King is the kind of guy who will help you when you are down, even organizing charity fishing tournaments for those with less.

"I would take the shirt off my back for anybody, anybody I knew or didn't know," King said. "That's how my parents raised me. If I had something that somebody else needs in a situation like this, people should come together and help that person. Like I said this is horrible."

At this point the Mississippi State Fire Marshal's Office is involved in the investigation as is the Clarksdale Fire Department and Clarksdale Police.

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