LINCOLN — The FBI is assisting Lincoln police in the investigation of an alleged hate crime reported Sunday morning, an FBI spokeswoman confirmed.
A Lincoln woman, who is openly lesbian, told police that three masked men broke into her central Lincoln home at about 4 a.m. Sunday, bound her with zip ties and used a knife to cut anti-gay slurs into the skin of her arms and stomach. A fire also was set in the home, and anti-gay graffiti was spray-painted on the wall.
The case has generated national attention. A candlelight vigil, staged in response by the woman's friends and Nebraska gay advocacy groups, drew more than 500 people to the State Capitol grounds Sunday evening.
Lincoln Police Department spokeswoman Katie Flood said authorities had identified no suspects as of Tuesday. She said the FBI had offered its assistance, and city police accepted.
World-Herald staff writer Roseann Moring contributed to this report.
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