The family gathers for their son who they believe was the victim of a hate crime

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POWHATAN Co., Va. (WWBT) – Many Powhatan County offices closed early Thursday ahead of a rally, where a family gathered to seek justice for their son, who they believe was the victim of a crime of hate.

It started peacefully, but things heated up after an exchange of words between Jerry Chambers supporters and law enforcement.

In 2020, the family said the 16-year-old had hate symbols and messages written on his face after he passed out at a party in Powhatan County.

The family and their supporters feel they are not being treated fairly by MPs, saying the people who did this to Chambers must face the consequences.

The sheriff’s office said shortly after the alleged incident, the family was unsure whether to file a report due to concerns about legal process.

Deputies said the family returned last December saying they wanted an investigation.

But no one has been charged because state law requires that assault and battery charges be placed within one year of the offense.

The sheriff’s office said the case is currently being investigated by the FBI and the Petersburg Commonwealth Prosecutor, who has been called in as a special prosecutor.

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