Chesterfield Police are investigating a possible hate crime after a house is painted with racial slurs and set on fire.
It happened on Little Ridge Court, in a neighborhood off of Newbys Bridge Road.
"It's hard now sleeping... There's no peace, there's no sense of security," said homeowner and victim O.deShay Cuthrell.
Early Friday, someone painted the N-word on Cuthrell's home in two places, then lit his front porch and car on fire. The family was asleep at the time, but Cuthrell's son awakened to the smell of gas.
Cuthrell's neighbors are stunned.
"I just could not believe what was written, how it was written," said Amy Burns-Schulz. "It was just very disturbing."
Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. Meanwhile, Cuthrell has a message for the culprits:
"Get a life, get some education, do something positive with the energy that you have," said Cuthrell. "You could have been looking at five counts of capital murder.The reality is it could have been five counts of capital murder."