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Openly Gay Mayoral Candidate Murdered, Man Charged With Crime

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We are SO GLAD they caught someone so quickly!

In the Mississippi Delta, a mayoral candidate for Clarksdale named Marco McMillian was brutally murdered. He also happened to be openly gay. The Sheriff's department has just announced that Lawrence Reed, 22, was just charged in the death of Marco.

It all started on Tuesday when someone crashed Marco's SUV into another car on Highway 49, but Marco wasn't in the car. In fact, Marco was already dead, and his body was found near the Mississippi River levee on Wednesday morning — but the cause of death has not been made public.

Like we said, Marco was the first openly gay man to be a viable candidate for public office in Mississippi. He had the credentials and the backings to actually pull it off too.

We can't help but wonder if the cause of death is being kept under wraps because it was a hate crime. We know not everyone in Mississippi is misinformed and intolerant of gay rights, but the news lately is making us worry more for the state than we thought we needed to before.

Either way, it's so sad. He was a good man, and would've been a good leader for Clarksdale.

Hopefully our love-loving friends in the South will stand up and speak out for Marco. Take action, loud and proud!! Staying silent and neutral only serves the oppressors' hatred.

[Image via AP Images.]

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8 comments to “Openly Gay Mayoral Candidate Murdered, Man Charged With Crime”

  1. 1

    heartbreaking. truly heartbreaking.

  2. Becky says – reply to this


    That is SO WRONG it doesn't matter if he is gay or not killing is WRONG. My condolences go to the family.

  3. 3

    RIP…. mississippi is the armpit of the US… :o (

  4. 4

    It sounds like he picked up a trick, the trick did him in, dumped the body, stole the car/cash , in his haste he crashed
    Gay men picking up hustlers are victims all the time
    just check Wilton Manors police blotter

  5. 5

    so sad

  6. 6

    Re: MR Pete – it does kind of seem that way doesn't it!

  7. Mississippi scoop says – reply to this


    Please don't be too quick to react. Current reports from Mississippi indicate that Lawrence and Marco were lovers. It appears that Marco had taken an erectile dysfunction drug as well as some sort of stimulant, and that he suffered a fatal heart attack when the two men were having sex outdoors. As of right now, it looks like Lawrence is in a horrible situation, having lost his boyfriend and having not been openly gay.

  8. 8

    While true, this is a tragedy unraveling, matusadona, Mississippi, that armpit you just described, just cured the FIRST infant of HIV.