Congressman calls FBI to investigate mayoral candidate's murder - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Congressman calls FBI to investigate mayoral candidate's murder

(WMC-TV) - There is a call for the FBI to look into the murder of Clarksdale,Mississippi mayoral candidate Marco McMillian as possibly a hate crime.

With so many unanswered questions in Marco McMillian's murder, one Mississippi congressman wants answers from the FBI.

Bennie Thompson is calling the violence unconscionable, and wants investigators to determine if federal hate crime laws were violated because McMillian was openly gay while running for mayor.

One FBI spokesperson said the agency will assess evidence to determine if federal prosecution is appropriate.

Lawrence Reed is charged with McMillian's murder.

On Tuesday, Reed's friend Kamillia Evans told us she thinks Reed acted in self defense. Investigators have not confirmed her account.

"He has to be pushed, if somebody does happen something him he will defend himself any way possible," said Evans.

McMillian's friends have been grieving for about a week since he was found dead last Wednesday.

"He was bringing back more here for us in Clarksdale, with our youth, everybody knew him," said a friend of McMillian Keomi Scott.

McMillian's family claims he was beaten, dragged, and burned.

A source close to the investigation tells Action News 5 there were burn marks, but they occurred after McMillian's death and that the mayoral candidate was not dragged by a car. The Coahoma County Sheriff's office refuses to release additional information, and is only saying the investigation is ongoing.

Action News 5 is still waiting for autopsy results for a cause of death, we'll let you know as soon as details are in.

Family and friends will say farewell to McMillian this weekend. His funeral will be held this Saturday, at 10 a.m. at Coahoma Community College on Friars Point Road in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

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