The family of openly gay mayoral candidate Marco McMillian, who was found dead last week, are saying he was beaten, dragged and set afire. The coroner is disputing their position, saying that was not the reason for his death, according to CNN.
Marco McMillian’s family issued a statement on Sunday saying, “We feel 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.” The family said they learned the details of his murder from the coroner.
McMillian’s body was found Wednesday near the Mississippi River, west of Clarksdale, one day after he was reported missing. Lawrence Reed, 22, of Clarksdale, was charged with his murder. The Coahoma Sheriff’s Department said it is not investigating the murder as a hate crime, but released no other statement about Marco McMillian’s death.