Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mississippi's First Gay Candidate For Mayor Was Found Dead

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Marco McMillian, the first gay man to run for a mayorship in the state of Mississippi, was found dead on a Mississippi River levee Wednesday, and his death is being treated as a homicide.

From Talking Points Memo:

The 34-year-old McMillian was running for mayor of Clarksdale, a Blues hub where actor and Mississippi native Morgan Freeman co-owns a music club with Howard Stovall, a Memphis entertainment executive, and Bill Luckett, who also is running for mayor.

Meredith said the body was found between Sherard and Rena Lara and was sent to Jackson for an autopsy. He declined to provide further details or speculate on the cause of death.

The sheriff’s office said Wednesday in a news release on its Facebook page that a person of interest was in custody, but had not been formally charged.

According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, the person in question is 22-year-old Lawrence Reed, who is alleged to have been driving McMillian's SUV, which was involved in a head-on car accident the night McMillian went missing.

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