Five predominantly Black churches have been burned within the last week in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Three have been ruled arsons and the others are still being investigated.
The string of church burnings are coming days after the racially-motivated Dylann Roof entered Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and killed 9 people including Senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
The FBI is currently investigating all of the fires. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also assisting local authorities in the arson investigations.
“They’re being investigated to determine who is responsible and what motives are behind them,” FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told BuzzFeed News.
According to the LA Times, none of the late-night attacks have been a declared a hate crime, and it’s unclear whether any of the fires are linked.