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Federal investigators reportedly involved in hate crime case

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In the latest developments, federal authorities are now investigating what is being called a racially motivated murder that involved a group of white teens and a black man.

Meanwhile, another prayer vigil and rally by a group out of Georgia is planned for James Craig Anderson Sunday.

CNN news is reporting U.S. Department of Justice investigators are in Jackson at the request of the Hinds County District Attorney.

Robert Shuler Smith says 18-year-old Deryl Dedmon of Brandon deliberately hit and killed 49-year-old James Craig Anderson. Smith says two carloads of teens drove to Jackson the early morning hours of July 26th. Police say they targeted Anderson because he was black.

CNN obtained surveillance video showing teens running back and forth between cars, and this is when Anderson was allegedly beaten. The teens were reportedly yelling racial slurs. Witnesses told police that Anderson walked away and Dedmon drove onto the shoulder of the road and ran him over. Craig was killed instantly.

Dedmon is charged with murder and remains in jail on an $800,000 bond. Another teen, John Aaron Rice, faces simple assault charges in the case. The crime has sparked national attention.

Last Sunday, teams of people gathered at the Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue. One person said, "It's wrong. It's wrong in any county, its wrong in any state and in any area. Our prayer is that its over and this generation is going to rise up and say enough."

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