Mayoral Candidate Was Beaten, Burned: Family
Marco McMillian's murder 'not random,' family says
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2013 3:20 PM CST
Updated Mar 4, 2013 4:00 PM CST
Marco McMillian   (YouTube)

(Newser) – The family of Marco McMillian, the Mississippi mayoral candidate found dead last week, has released more details about his gruesome murder. McMillian was beaten, dragged, and then set on fire, the family says in a statement, adding: "We feel this was not a random act of violence based on the condition of the body when it was found." McMillian was openly gay, and authorities say they are investigating the murder as a hate crime, but have released no further details.

The family says it came forward with the new information—which it says comes from the coroner—in part to dispel speculation about the killing. Theories have been going around that McMillian, 33, and the man charged in his murder, Lawrence Reed, 22, were in a romantic relationship, or that McMillian hit on Reed. All that's officially known is that Reed crashed McMillian's SUV on Tuesday after allegedly killing McMillian, whose body was found Wednesday.

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Mar 5, 2013 8:50 AM CST
I have never understood things like hate crime. when you are beaten dragged and burned to death it is certainly not out of love so what does the term hate crime add to it? it is like gun fee zone or war on terror , it means nothing . It is as if someone has tried to make a incredibly vile act worse by calling it " hate crime " understand I am not downplaying the crime I am simply saying adding a new word does not make it any worse it just makes the legal system look stupid , I would like to see the guy caught and pay with the rest of his life but depending on the state life seems to be about 8 years . whatever happened to lock them up and throw away the key? not for all crimes but certainly for something this evil .
Mar 5, 2013 7:18 AM CST
With all the violence against black people in Mississippi over the years, why do black people still want to live there?
Mar 5, 2013 12:34 AM CST
How can you charge a gay man and lover with a "hate crime" for killing another gay man who was the suspect's lover ?? Grasping at straws. Sad situation but a "hate crime" will be hard to prove and get laughed out of court.