In Morgan County a gay man’s barn was set on fire and the words “fags are freaks” and “burn in hell” were painted in white spray paint along the outside of the barn. The arson attack killed 8 of the Ohio man’s horses.
According to WHIZ News, Brent Whitehouse awoke just after 11:30 p.m. Sunday to find his barn engulfed in flames. He immediately called 911, but it was too late. By the time the fire was subdued his horses had been killed and the entire barn destroyed. Whitehouse is an openly gay resident of McConnelsville, a small town near Zanesville, where he works as a horse trainer and breeder, and owns an insurance company.
Here’s an excerpt from The Zanesville Times Record report:
Shane Cartmill, spokesman for the fire marshal’s office, said when firefighters arrived on the scene, they quickly decided it was a crime scene due to derogatory sayings that had been painted on the barn and barn doors prior to the fire.
“They were hateful,” Whitehouse said of the sayings. “I think the investigators are looking at this like a hate crime.”
Whitehouse, a horse trainer and breeder, and owner of an insurance company in McConnelsville, said he is still in shock over losing Elvis, Barney, Floyd, Princess and her week-old foal, Buddy, Love, Bella and Ethel. The value of the horses was hundreds of thousands of dollars.