Mayoral Candidate's Murder Rocks Mississippi Town
Body of 34-year-old Democrat Marco McMillian found yesterday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 28, 2013 11:12 AM CST
In this Aug. 3, 2011 photograph, a Mississippi Blues Trail marker rests outside the Riverside Hotel, providing tourists a brief history of the building and its lore in Clarksdale, Miss.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

(Newser) – Whatever his prospects for winning the coming mayoral election in his conservative hometown of Clarksdale, Miss., Marco McMillian was widely considered to be a man on the rise. So word spread fast when his SUV was involved in a wreck this week, and he was nowhere to be found. The discovery of the openly gay candidate's body near a Mississippi River levee yesterday stunned residents of Clarksdale, a Blues mecca in the flatlands of the Mississippi Delta.

Authorities had been looking for the 34-year-old since Tuesday morning when a man crashed the candidate's SUV into another vehicle on US Highway 49. McMillian was not in the car. Authorities are now investigating McMillian's death as a homicide, and said a person of interest was in custody, but released few other details. A campaign rep described McMillian's run as noteworthy; he may have been the first openly gay man to be a viable candidate for public office in the state. McMillian had been lauded by Ebony Magazine in 2004 as one of the nation's "30 up-and-coming African Americans" under age 30.

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Mar 1, 2013 8:52 AM CST
Clearly Mississippi has moved beyond the need for federal voting rights act supervision. /s.
Feb 28, 2013 6:31 PM CST
As soon as I read the headlines this morning, I knew the assumption would be that someone white had killed this young man because he is black and running for office. Unfortunately, it seems that the media is very quick to point out that a racist incident has happened once again in MS. Personally, I have lived in MS all my life and I am black. As far as the racist picture that the media paints, I haven't experienced it, as such. As far as I am concerned, racism exists everywhere (it's a heart issue- not a territory issue). I've visited other states, and to tell the truth, I've found that whites in MS seem a lot friendlier to me. Now I can't speak for everyone, but my point is people should stop picking on one state and making assumptions. Yes, it COULD HAVE been a white person who had killed this man, but that would have been NEWS to us. That is not something that happens everyday, as the media tries to present it. In fact, if it happened all the time, it wouldn't be NEWS, would it?
Feb 28, 2013 5:48 PM CST
Edited: Everybody, it was tough, but I found it, again. This is the Link to the News article I had read earlier. I kinda put stuff together. Why else would a young killer-boy, Lawrence Reed, 22, be driving Marco McMillian, 34, mayoral cadidate's SUV?! - New at this, hope the Link works.