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Slain Gay Mississippi Mayoral Candidate Marco McMillian's Body Had Been Beaten, Burned; Suspect in Custody

More details are emerging in the disturbing murder of openly gay Clarksdale, Mississippi mayoral candidate Marco McMillian (below, left), whose body was found at the base of a Mississippi River levee last week after he had been missing for several days.

Macmillian_ReedThe AP reports:

Sheriff’s deputies last week charged 22-year-old Lawrence Reed (far right) with murder in the case. An investigation began Feb. 26 after McMillian’s SUV slammed head-on into another vehicle on U.S. Highway 49 near the Coahoma and Tallahatchie county lines. Reed was driving the car, but McMillian was not in it, authorities say. McMillian’s body was found the next day. Reed was treated for injuries at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. The hospital said he was released Saturday. Reed was being held without bond Monday pending extradition to Mississippi.

McMillian's family released a statement today saying that McMillian's body had been brutalized, the Commercial Appeal reports:

“We know that Marco was brutally murdered. His body was found on Wednesday, February 26, 2013, beaten, dragged and burned (set afire),” his family said in an email released through his campaign manager Jarod Keith. “This was reported in our meeting with the local coroner on two occasions. We were informed that the official autopsy report could take two to four weeks to complete.

“We feel that this was not a random act of violence based on the condition of the body when it was found. Marco, nor anyone, should have their lives end in this manner.”

His family went on to say in the statement that McMillian shared with them before his death that he was concerned about his safety, and that they want a “full and thorough” investigation into his murder.

“We feel it is important to share this information to dispel speculations surrounding his death,” McMillian’s family stated.

The circumstances surrounding McMillian's death are under an active investigation.

McMillian was "one of the first viable openly LGBT candidates in Mississippi" according to the Victory Fund.

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  1. Prepare for the "gay panic" defense in 3...2...

    Posted by: TC | Mar 4, 2013 5:55:37 PM

  2. @TC

    Too's already happened.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 4, 2013 6:32:53 PM

  3. i betcha million bucks Lawrence Reed had sex with McMillan not too long before he did this. That's the way these things usually roll.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Mar 4, 2013 7:26:57 PM

  4. @Danny
    No they don't. As the victim of a horrific anti gay beating with my boyfriend, where we were minding our own business and attacked out of nowhere and called anti gay, most of these cases don't occur because of some sex scene gone bad, but because of rampant, existing, prominent HOMOPHOBIA IN OUR SOCIETY. To which not only was I in the hospital for 2 weeks due to, but I've had to visit friends who've been attacked and barely made it out alive because they were identifiably gay and some homophobe attacked them.

    Your ilk just wants to blame anti gay attacks on gay people because it doesn't force you homophobes to confront your homophobia.

    Posted by: LightTrees | Mar 4, 2013 9:05:00 PM

  5. Why is this not getting more nationals news? Because a gay man (and an extremely accomplished one at that) was killed? Regardless of whether if was gay related or not, a mayoral candidate was killed. Yet you hardly hear a word.

    Posted by: Kyle | Mar 4, 2013 9:07:05 PM

  6. @DannyEastVillage
    Your little theory suggests gay people don't randomly get attacked for purposes of hate, bigotry, and innate homophobia. Sorry to burst your bubble, but far more frequently, gay people are killed or attacked for not having any prior interaction with the bigot that beat them than is the case when they do. If only all of us lived in the East Village and were comoforted thinking "homophobia is dead. Doesn't really exist much in the country. I mean, just look around my lavish NYC gay surroundings"

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Mar 4, 2013 9:09:45 PM

  7. Sadly, when I heard this story originally, I knew this poor man was murdered, but frack, what a disgusting way to go. I hope this guy gets life and never sees the light of day. My heart goes out to this poor family, and it's a loss to Mississippi because he probably would have been a great mayor.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Mar 4, 2013 11:31:08 PM

  8. I suppose it's possible Mr. McMillans liked them rough and keeping it real? Not saying this is absolutely what happened, but is it at all possible and would it be necessarily a shock?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 5, 2013 7:53:10 AM

  9. Ratbastard - your comment, dressed up as an observation, is simply disgusting. Can't you keep your heartless, racist thoughts to yourself just once!

    Posted by: Adrian | Mar 5, 2013 8:31:56 AM

  10. I think its equally likely that this was a hate crime, a spurned lover, or some other act of violence unrelated to his sexuality. We do not know the details and cannot jump to conclusions until the investigators present the facts. I, like others, do suspect that it was a hate crime, but we just do not know. There's the possibility that a romantic encounter occurred and Reed felt shame due to self hatred and internalized homophobia. It may also have been a spontaneous act of hate. I could come up with endless scenarios but there have not been enough facts discussed publicly for me or anyone else to decide on a theory.

    Posted by: Kevin | Mar 5, 2013 9:30:43 AM

  11. formost, second this was a black on black crime and MSM don't cover black news as a rule. Lastly, trick gone bad or not, one of our best and brightest has been extinguished before we could see what he could have accomplished. The LGBT community is the lesser for it.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Mar 5, 2013 10:36:44 AM

  12. My earlier submission is missing "My heart goes out to his family and friends first and..."

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Mar 5, 2013 10:38:31 AM

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