The death of a 17-year-old Asian American in her Colorado home is now being investigated as a hate crime
May 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The 2017 death of an Asian American teenager in her Colorado home is now being investigated as a hate crime, according to the FBI.
Maggie Long's body was found after officials responded to a house fire in Bailey, Colorado, the FBI said.
The crime scene investigation, the FBI said, revealed a physical altercation took place between Long and her assailants before the fire started.
The El Paso County Coroner's Office ruled Long's death on December 1, 2017, as a homicide, the FBI said.
CNN affiliate KUSA-TV spoke with the victim's sisters, Lynna and Connie Long, who said they were initially surprised when they learned the murder was being investigated as a hate crime.
Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw, whose office is also investigating the murder, said treating the case as a hate crime allows his department to qualify for more funding and resources.