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Published On: Mon, Mar 4th, 2013

Details of Marco McMillian murder reveal he was beaten, dragged and set on fire

Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian, found dead last week along the Mississippi River levee, was beaten, dragged and set on fire, according to his family in a statement released Monday.

Marco McMillian

Marco McMillian

“We know that Marco was brutally murdered. His body was found on Wednesday, February 26, 2013, beaten, dragged and burned (set afire),” his family said in an email released through his campaign manager Jarod Keith. “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.”

His family went on to say in the statement that McMillian shared with them before his death that he was concerned about his safety, and that they want a “full and thorough” investigation into his murder.

“We feel it is important to share this information to dispel speculations surrounding his death,” McMillian’s family stated.

McMillian, 34, was found Wednesday by the Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department at the base of the Mississippi River levee about 15 miles from Clarksdale.

Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Will Rooker said Monday in an email that he is working with authorities to confirm the information released by the family about McMillian’s death.

Lawrence Reed, age 22, was found in McMillian’s SUV and has been charged with his death.

McMillian is believed to be one of the first openly gay candidates to run for office in the state, but officials would not confirm that this was a hate crime or if his sexuality was motive for the murder.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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