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Confederate flag burned outside of Virginia Beach home

Posted at 11:41 PM, Aug 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-26 06:47:22-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - Keiffer Beach says  he never had any problems flying his Confederate flag outside of his Silverleaf Drive home until last week when someone took it and then burned it.

"Pretty upset and kind of upset to see someone go that far, like come on," Beach told NewsChannel 3. "It's still a flag."

He believes the recent movement against the Confederate flag after the Charleston Church shooting may have motivated someone, but if there was an issue, he says he didn't know about it. No one ever complained to him.

"I keep to myself. I don't talk to anybody and for someone to come and do that, it's disrespectful," he said.

Pride for his southern heritage kept the flag in the front of his house, where it flew alongside the American flag. "I don't want people to think I'm one of those crazy southern rednecks that are all against black people. I'm not. I have black family," Beach said.

Firefighters are investigating the case as arson. For now, Beach says he won't hang any flags outside of his house in case whoever did this decides to come back.

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