Community rallies together after pride flag burned

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Wichita Police Department is investigating a hate crime. Someone burned a pride flag in Riverside on Saturday morning, sometime between 1am and 6am. 

A wave of pride flags flying in Riverside. A community coming together in solidarity. Michelle Corkins isn't letting what police say may be a hate crime scare her into taking her own flag down.  Just a few weeks ago, the same flag that was burned was stolen and then returned.  

"We've all really rallied together, we've talked together as a neighborhood about how we all want to leave our flags up and we want to show our support to the Gingrich-Gaylords," says Corkins. 

Corkins lives right now the street from the couple, who declined to do an interview with KAKE News, she stands by her neighbors and their beliefs,"well you hang a flag like that up, you're going to invite activity like that. By no means does hanging a flag up invites people to come onto your property, violate your safe space that your family lives or destroy your property." 

"There's definitely been a bigger sense of comradery around this neighborhood that we already have a good sense of pride about our neighborhood and that people that are in it and it's just grown stronger," says Corkins. 

After someone burned the flag down the street, Corkins decided to put in a security camera, hoping to prevent her home from being targeted. 

Police say this is an ongoing investigation and they're treating it as an arson and hate crime.