A 6-foot tall burning cross gave view to a side of one small Pennsylvania community that Joe and Candy Walbeck never knew existed.
The couple was shocked to find the charred remains of what was once a staple in the old south upon their doorstep.
Residing in a predominately white neighborhood, the Walbecks have been a staple with the community for many years, often adopting imperiled children as a means to spread to spread their own kind of love. This heinous mental assault marks the first time that the couple has been targeted for a hate crime.
The latest addition to the Walbeck family, Shaq, is a linebacker and fullback for local United High School; he is the family's first Black child.
Local officials are unsure as to whether the cross burning had any affiliation with the United High's football loss.