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Man arrested after killing gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi

By Mason White 4:39 AM March 1, 2013
Marco McMillian 

By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged after killing a popular gay mayoral candidate, according to a police statement in Mississippi.

The man, who was identified as a 22-year-old, was charged with murder Thursday in the death of the mayoral candidate.

The Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department, said in a press release that Lawrence Reed of Shelby, was charged in the death of Marco McMillian. McMillian, 34, was a candidate for mayor of Clarksdale, and was well known in the community and beyond.

The investigation began on Tuesday when a man crashed his SUV into another car on U.S. Highway 49, near the Coahoma and Tallahatchie County lines. The candidate was not in the car.

McMillian’s body was found near the Mississippi River levee Wednesday morning between Sherard and Rena Lara, Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith said.

The body was sent for an autopsy and the cause of death has not been made ​​public.
The sheriff’s department has not released a possible motive.

Campaign spokesperson Jarod Keith said that the campaign was notable because he may have been the first openly gay man to be a viable candidate for public office in Mississippi.

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