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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:08 AM

Homicide suspected in death of Mississippi mayor candidate

Source: Reuters

Homicide suspected in death of Mississippi mayor candidate

By Emily Le Coz
Reuters
1:28 a.m. EST, February 28, 2013

JACKSON, Miss (Reuters) - A candidate for mayor of a small town in Mississippi was found dead by a river on Wednesday morning, the victim of an apparent homicide, police said.

Marco McMillian, 34, was one of the first viable, openly gay candidates in Mississippi, according to the Victory Fund, a national organization that supports and endorses lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates and officials.

The death of McMillian was not being investigated as a hate crime, said Will Rooker, a spokesman for the Coahoma County Sheriff's office. In addition to being gay, McMillian was African American.

The death is not considered politically motivated, despite intense competition in the race for mayor of the Mississippi Delta city of Clarksdale, said Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith.

Read more: http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-rt-us-usa-crime-mississippibre91r08x-20130227,0,4484579.story

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Reply Homicide suspected in death of Mississippi mayor candidate (Original post)
Judi Lynn Feb 2013 OP
Zoeisright Feb 2013 #1
Warpy Feb 2013 #3
Recursion Feb 2013 #12
Recursion Feb 2013 #10
Yo_Mama Mar 2013 #30
Rowdyboy Mar 2013 #32
Mkap Feb 2013 #2
KamaAina Feb 2013 #9
In_The_Wind Feb 2013 #4
firenewt Feb 2013 #5
In_The_Wind Feb 2013 #27
FrodosPet Feb 2013 #28
In_The_Wind Feb 2013 #29
ck4829 Feb 2013 #6
Recursion Feb 2013 #14
ck4829 Feb 2013 #24
Blue_Tires Feb 2013 #25
Kelvin Mace Feb 2013 #7
Recursion Feb 2013 #11
Kelvin Mace Feb 2013 #13
Recursion Feb 2013 #16
Kelvin Mace Feb 2013 #18
Recursion Feb 2013 #21
Kelvin Mace Feb 2013 #23
Rowdyboy Mar 2013 #31
Kelvin Mace Mar 2013 #36
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #8
Kelvin Mace Feb 2013 #15
Recursion Feb 2013 #17
Kelvin Mace Feb 2013 #19
Recursion Feb 2013 #20
Posteritatis Mar 2013 #34
Kelvin Mace Mar 2013 #35
Judi Lynn Feb 2013 #22
rachel1 Feb 2013 #26
Behind the Aegis Mar 2013 #33

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:30 AM

1. That is obviously a hate crime, and I am SURE it was politically motivated.

What kind of a backward town is that anyway?

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Response to Zoeisright (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:48 AM

3. Hey, it's Mississippi

Either McMillan had a death wish or he had balls of steel. Most people with that many strikes against them in Mississippi find a way to leave. Sticking your head up and neck out and running for mayor is a very dangerous thing to do if you're not a WASP.

RIP, friend. I hope they find out who did this to you. I want whoever it is off the street.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:44 PM

12. The primary suspect is in custody

And, again, this doesn't seem to have had anything to do with politics, and his orientation wasn't an issue in the campaign. Clarksdale is a great town and I hate to see people who have never been there use this tragedy as a way to bash it without any evidence.

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Response to Zoeisright (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:41 PM

10. That is neither obvious nor certain

And Clarksdale is a wonderful town.

Law enforcement seems to disagree with you, saying it is "almost certain" politics were not a factor.

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Response to Zoeisright (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:56 AM

30. Stereotype much?

It could have been robbery or a carjacking, but the best guess is that it was a sexual encounter that turned into a murder.

The sheriff is black, the dead candidate is black, and the perp in custody (who crashed the victim's car and is still in the hospital, and told the police where to find the body), is black. The perp is 22.

I don't know why you would think this was political. It doesn't look like a hate crime.

As to the "backward" town - the murdered man was popular enough to run for mayor with everyone knowing he was gay, which suggests it wasn't much of a factor. He was an exceptional person, and because a person who had done so much doesn't deserve to have stereotypes as his tombstone, I'd like to post this link to his bio:
http://www.marcomcmillian.com/about.html

All I can say is that your town should be so backward as to have a person like this willing to run as ITS mayor.

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Response to Yo_Mama (Reply #30)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 01:06 AM

32. You have no idea how much I appreciate this post. I live 30 miles from this murder and you are

spot on. Racism isn't the villain here. Yes, its still an enormous problem in Mississippi but it isn't even a minor factor in this particular case. Thanks for having the class to point that out and shame on the jackasses who take cheap shots that aren't deserved. God knows, this is a hellhole but it doesn't deserve to be shamed on those rare occasions when it is innocent.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:35 AM

2. yep

Are we really surprise from a state that just ended slavery last week.

Do the newspapers in Miss say 1877 on them?

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Response to Mkap (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:06 PM

9. This should be the next edition of Jon Stewart's "19th Century News"

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:26 AM

4. Mississippi should be ashamed of this behavior.

imo: still far too many hate crimes for a beautiful state.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:01 AM

5. Should be, but they aren't.

 

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Response to firenewt (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:15 PM

27. When are they going to wake up?

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #27)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 10:38 PM

28. The suspect is a young African American male

Last edited Fri Mar 1, 2013, 01:23 AM - Edit history (1)

Maybe homophobia? Perhaps they were having a sexual relationship and the perp freaked out?

I have also read carjacking as a possible motive. The young suspect was found in the victim's crashed SUV and told authorities where the body was.

A lot of people have been getting excited about "Teabilly Joe Bob" being the murderer, but it doesn't appear to be the case this time.

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Response to FrodosPet (Reply #28)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 10:41 PM

29. Seriously. Thanks for the update.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:28 AM

6. Sure, not a hate crime, and I'm on the list of top candidates to be the next Pope.

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:46 PM

14. Why, because gay men are regularly killed in Mississippi?



You really shouldn't let movies inform you about a place you haven't been

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Response to Recursion (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:40 PM

24. No.

I'd say the same thing if this happened anywhere else, because of what happened, not where it happened.

And which movie did I watch that informed me about Mississippi? Please, enlighten me.



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Response to ck4829 (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 05:45 PM

25. It could theoretically be a crime of passion or a love triangle or something..

Just to point it out..

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:59 AM

7. Right

The death of McMillian was not being investigated as a hate crime...

The death is not considered politically motivated...


In fact, we think he was actually bitten by a shark and attacked by killer bees.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:43 PM

11. People sometimes get murdered

The police think this was a "personal" murder, but with no access to any evidence you're sure they're wrong?

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Response to Recursion (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:45 PM

13. The race may not always go to the swift,

but that is the way to bet.

Police in the Deep South sometimes investigate the murder of gay blacks objectively, but I wouldn't wager any money on it.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:49 PM

16. Here's the sheriff



Not sure why you think he'd not take the murder of a gay black man seriously.

How long have you spent in Mississippi? What do you actually know about it that wasn't filtered through media made by people who wouldn't ever set foot there?

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Response to Recursion (Reply #16)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:59 PM

18. You are correct

that bit of evidence makes a difference. I withdraw my remark.

As to my qualification to judge police misconduct in the South, I have lived in NC and SC, and have first hand knowledge of pervasive police misconduct from personal experience.

In the future I will avoid snap judgements.

Thank you for pointing out my error. I *do* appreciate it.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #18)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:22 PM

21. Sorry if I came down kind of hard. I just really like Clarksdale

I grew up in Mississippi and learned to play bass by going to blues festivals, including in Clarksdale, and I get all spiky when people make assumptions about us

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Response to Recursion (Reply #21)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:39 PM

23. I know that not everyone is Mississippi

is a Bull Connor wannabe. And apologize for impugning you indirectly.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #18)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:56 AM

31. Thanks for admitting your mistake. I live 30 miles from the area and I'm gay-I have nothing but

respect for Marco-he had the guts to put himself out there honestly in Clarksdale Mississippi against Bill Luckett, (a white millionaire and Morgan Freeman's business partner) and Henry Espy (brother of Mike Espy, ex-SecAgric under Clinton). He faced outragous odds and still had the guts to run.

But his death had nothing to do with racism or police misconduct or the south or any of the other usual suspects. They have the bastard that murdered him and the story will come out and when it does-I'll be the first to point it out. ..It was a young man of his own race. The details aren't clear but the murderer apparently is. We'll learn the details in time. Until then, I'll reserve judgement.

Meanwhile, my heart is breaking for the family of this kid who had such a brilliant future. He looks like such a sweetheart of a guy.

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Response to Rowdyboy (Reply #31)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 09:01 AM

36. Again, I apologzie for my hasty conclusions

Thank you for giving me the latest new.

I am falling into the same mental trap the police often do, drawing conclusions before all the evidence is in.

I am humbly chastened.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:50 PM

8. If people actually went to the link and read the very next line, you would see this:

"Police have a person of interest in custody but are not releasing a name and have not filed charges, Rooker said."

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:48 PM

15. What the Hell is a "person of interest"

Do they have a suspect or not?

I am a person, and I think I am very interesting, especially I don't play games with the damned language.

Not grousing at you, but "person of interest" is a BS phrase.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #15)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:50 PM

17. It's more vague than "suspect"

The police sometimes want to play their cards close to their vest.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:01 PM

19. And everyone treats the term the same as "suspect"

because that is what they are really saying.

In England, they don't have suspects, just people "assisting the police with their inquiries".

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:21 PM

20. Yeah, I think it's shelf life is probably over because of that

There may be some internal policy about when to refer to people as one or the other, but if it ever was a way to not spook the "person of interest", I'd wager those days are over.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #15)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 06:14 AM

34. "Person of interest" is an absolutely standard law enforcement phrase. (nt)

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #34)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 08:57 AM

35. Not until the last deacde

I never heard it used prior to 9/11, then it was in reference to the scientist (Hatfill?) who they were getting ready to blame the anthrax attacks on.

I think it came into use after the FBI was sued by Richard Jewel when they tried to pin the Olympic Park bombing on him. All they have done is use three words were one will suffice.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:30 PM

22. Man, 22, in custody following murder of Mississippi's first gay candidate for mayor whose body was f

Man, 22, in custody following murder of Mississippi's first gay candidate for mayor whose body was found dumped on riverbank
  • Lawrence Reed, 22, reportedly being held as 'person of interest' but has not been charged, sources said

  • Political star Marco McMillian, 34, found dead on the Mississippi River levee around 9am on Tuesday

  • A Democrat candidate vying to become mayor of Clarksdale would have been the first openly gay mayor in Mississippi

  • Unnamed driver crashed McMillian's SUV on the highway at the time his body was discovered
By Katie Davies and Louise Boyle
PUBLISHED:23:27 EST, 27 February 2013| UPDATED: 14:24 EST, 28 February 2013

A man is in custody today after Mississippi's first openly gay mayoral candidate was found murdered and his body dumped alongside a river.

Lawrence Reed, 22, of Clarksdale is reportedly being held as a person of interest but has not been charged, sources said.

Rising political star Marco McMillian, 34, was found dead on the Mississippi River levee at around 9am on Tuesday. Reed was allegedly driving McMillian's SUV when it was involved in a head-on crash around that time.

The relationship between the two men is unclear. An autopsy report on McMillian's cause of death is expected later today.

More:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285727/Mississippis-openly-gay-candidate-mayor-murdered-body-dumped-riverbank.html#ixzz2MEPv3Q2I

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #22)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:49 PM

26. Lawrence Reed, the perpetrator, has been charged with Marco McMillian's death

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 02:32 AM

33. I am really interested to see where this goes.

Was this a car-jacking? Was something else involved? (G-d, I hope not!) This is all so tragic.

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