Openly Gay Mayoral Candidate Was Beaten, Dragged and Set on Fire

Openly Gay Mississippi Mayoral Candidate Was “Beaten, Dragged and Set on Fire” According To His Family

Posted By: Adrian Garcia | Mar 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm EST

[dropcap2]T[/dropcap2]he Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department says 22-year-old Lawrence Reed of Shelby was charged with the murder of Marco McMillian. Family members revealed in a statement that 34-year-old Marco McMillan was “beaten, dragged and burned.” They went on to say “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.” They also said that McMillian had expressed concerns for his own safety before his murder, and that they want a “full and thorough” investigation into his murder.

McMillian was a candidate for mayor of Clarksdale in Mississippi and was well-known to his community. His campaign spokesman Jarod Keith says McMillian’s campaign was significant because he had the possibility of being the first openly gay man to be a viable candidate for public office in Mississippi.

The investigation began on Tuesday when a man crashed McMillian’s SUV into another car on U.S. Highway 49 near the Coahoma and Tallahatchie county lines but McMillian’s was not in the vehicle. His body was later discovered near a Mississippi River levee the following morning. It is still to early to say whether the crime will be labeled a hate crime.

Read the full statement issued below by the family.

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Lawrence Reed, pictured, has been charged with the murder of Marco McMillian


Marco McMillian was running as a democrat candidate for mayor of Clarksdale. Supporters said the politician, pictured right with President Obama, could have gone all the way
Marco McMillian was running as a democrat candidate for mayor of Clarksdale. Supporters said the politician, pictured right with President Obama, could have gone all the way



The SUV of Marco McMillian was involved in a head-on collision on Tuesday morning and Reed was driving
The SUV of Marco McMillian was involved in a head-on collision on Tuesday morning and Reed was driving


McMillan’s family released the following statement:

[quote_box author=”” profession=””]This is a very difficult time for us, the family of Marco Watson McMillian of Clarksdale, Mississippi, as we have lost our beloved son, family member, and friend. In this time of our great loss, we want to thank everyone for their words of comfort and support.

We know that Marco was brutally murdered. His body was found on Wednesday, February 26, 2013, beaten, dragged and burned (set afire). 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.

We are asking that a full and thorough investigation be conducted into the tragic death of Marco. We feel it is important to share this information to dispel speculations surrounding his death.

Marco, was loved by his family and a valued member of the Clarkdale community, as he offered himself to serve this community as mayor. He was actively campaigning to improve the quality of life for the citizens in his beloved hometown. Marco had shared with his family and close friends that he was very concerned for his personal safety. We will missed our beloved son and family member.[/quote_box]

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