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Hate crime investigation underway after noose drawing found in WV locker room

(WVVA/NBC News)  One of West Virginia's biggest high school basketball rivalries took a disturbing turn Friday night. 

Just before tip-off at the Wyoming East-Westside basketball game, player Jace Colucci, who is bi-racial, walked into the guest locker room only to see a drawing of a stick figure with his name on it hanging from a noose. 

Colucci's mother, Erica Colucci Ayers, says this was not the first time her son has been targeted. Just before the Wyoming East-Westside basketball game in 2019, she said a Snapchat conversation was forwarded to her. 

"It was a video of kids chanting: 'hang Jace, hang Jace,'" she says. 

At that time, Ayers said she was told by school board officials that the students responsible had been punished. 

Wyoming County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Cochrane says the incident could be a possible hate crime. 

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