Mystery surrounds suspected murder of gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi
Authorities say body of 34-year-old Marco McMillian was found near Mississippi River levee
An openly gay man who was running for mayor of Clarksville, Mississippi, has been found dead.
Authorities say the body of 34-year-old Marco McMillian was found near the Mississippi River levee yesterday morning.
Police said McMillian's death is being investigated as homicide and that the sheriff's office has a person of interest in custody.
As of Wednesday evening the individual had not been charged.
McMillian was running for mayor of Clarksdale, a Blues music hub and home to actor Morgan Freeman.
According to local media reports police had been looking for McMillian since another man crashed the candidate’s car into another vehicle on Tuesday.
The discovery of the candidate's body has stunned residents of Clarksdale, a Blues mecca in the flatlands of the Mississippi Delta.
"There's a lot of people upset about it," said Dennis Thomas, 33, who works at Abe's Barbeque.
"Why would somebody want to do something like that to somebody of that caliber? He was a highly respected person in town," Thomas said.
Campaign spokesman Jarod Keith said McMillian's campaign was noteworthy because he may have been the first openly gay man to be a viable candidate for public office in the state.
Authorities have made no comment on whether McMillian's death is considered a hate-crime.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute tweeted: "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Marco McMillian, one of the 1st viable openly LGBT candidates in Mississippi."
McMillian's campaign said in a statement that words cannot describe "our grief at the loss of our dear friend."
"We remember Marco as a bold and passionate public servant, whose faith informed every aspect of his life," the statement said.
- 3 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Sir David Attenborough interview: The one question about life that still baffles him
Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
£60000 per annum: Ashdown Group: SQL DBA (SSIS, ETL) - Central London, £60,000...
£13000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Pension Specialist was established ...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join an est...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity for a talented...