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Mississippi town stunned by murder of openly gay mayoral candidate Marco McMillian

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February 28, 2013 by The ReadyWriter


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Marco McMillian was considered by many to be a man on the rise. The first openly gay mayoral candidate’s body was found near a Mississippi River levee Wednesday morning and stunned residents of his hometown in Clarksdale, Miss.  Authorities are investigating McMillian’s death as a homicide but declined to speculate on the cause of death. Authorities have also said a person of interest was in custody, but released no other details about his murder.

McMillian was a highly respected person in town, the 34-year-old Democrat wasn’t running what many would consider a typical campaign for political office in Mississippi, which is known for its conservative politics.

McMillian, was not only nice looking but he was promising. He had forged ties while serving four years as international executive director of the historically black Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Photos on McMillian’s website and Facebook page show him with a younger Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and with U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat.

Authorities had been looking for McMillian since Tuesday morning when a man crashed the candidate’s SUV into another vehicle on U.S. Highway 49. McMillian was not in the car.

McMillian was hoping to win the office being vacated by Mayor Henry Espy Jr.
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59 thoughts on “Mississippi town stunned by murder of openly gay mayoral candidate Marco McMillian

  1. CorporateBitch says:

    Damn shame he was killed and a bigger shame that all that hunk-of-a-fine-ass-man was gay.

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  2. Adam says:

    wonder who killed him? was it someone jealous or was it a hate crime?

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    • Acquitta says:

      Many Black males are Murdered each year in Mississippi. So don’t be quick to call this a hate crime @Adam.

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      • Tammy says:

        Many Black males are Murdered each year in Mississippi. So don’t be quick to call this a hate crime @Adam.
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        Could a been, he was an openly gay man.

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      • Zenna says:

        Many Black males are Murdered each year in Mississippi. So don’t be quick to call this a hate crime @Adam.
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        Could a been, he was an openly gay man.
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        No it was a homicide not a hate crime.

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  3. Omar says:

    Dayum!
    People are just flipping the fuck out!

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  4. Jamilla says:

    Oh man. 😥

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  5. Olivijah says:

    Sad and he had such a promising future.

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  6. Adriane says:

    May his soul rest in peace!

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  7. Wanda says:

    Wow!

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  8. Joanne says:

    This is a damn shame. Really. I hope they put his killer under the jail.

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  9. Yasha says:

    This murder is a disgrace.

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  10. Acquitta says:

    Why kill him? Wow

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  11. Bird says:

    He was only 34 years old. sad 😥

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  12. Cameo says:

    this was either his lover who killed him (cus homos and lezzies are ruthless) or a hate crime.

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  13. HarlemGirl says:

    this right here is just messed up.

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  14. Lexy says:

    SAD WHAT WAS THE MOTIVE? POLITICAL, RACIST, HATE CRIME, DOMESTIC? SO MANY QUESTIONS.

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  15. BBallen says:

    Mississippi ain’t no joke. was dude targeted because of his political affiliations?

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  16. AlScream says:

    Who would kill his promising career? Smh

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  17. Tammy says:

    I wanna know who killed him?

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  18. Tamala says:

    OMG!!!
    The shit that happens today.

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  19. Mahogany says:

    Yeah, Mississipi is one place that I have never been and have no desire to go to.

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  20. Starr says:

    keep the McMillian family in prayer.

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  21. Anthony says:

    a black gay mayor in Mississippi sounds like a Chappelle Show skit.

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  22. Olivijah says:

    Sounds like a hate crime indeed. May he rest in peace

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  23. Coco says:

    it is a homicide not a hate a crime.. had nothing to do with sexual orientation..

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  24. Angelhair says:

    Sad and he had so much to offer.

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  25. Rezzie says:

    From what I know this was not a hate crime.. someone was driving his vehicle and was involved in a head on collision, from what we know so far, Mr. McMillian was not in the vehicle which put up a red flag, the man apparently driving the vehicle confessed to strangling him and dumping his body. So was it a random crime? Is the question.

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  26. Zenna says:

    Sad 😥 He had a lot to live for and a lot going for him.

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  27. Gia says:

    This story has been the buzz all week. I bet somebody had this guy killed. He was going to bring some real change to a crappy place.

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  28. Natasha says:

    This is really a sad tragedy 😥

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  29. Yvonne says:

    May his soul rest in peace. Amen!!!

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  30. Keisha says:

    Yea they murked his A$$ he was black,gay and running for mayor. I could see that. A random killing Nah.

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    • CorporateBitch says:

      Yea they murked his A$$ he was black,gay and running for mayor. I could see that. A random killing Nah.
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      Somebody didn’t want a gay man for mayor.

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  31. CorporateBitch says:

    This is really a sad tragedy, one could tell that he was a very ambitious and progressive young man.

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  32. Nicole says:

    wow

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  33. Mrs. Hawthorne says:

    sounds like he would a been a damn good mayor.

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  34. Felicia says:

    Mississippi is so backwards it’s sad.

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  35. Ionna says:

    Sad May he Rest In Peace!

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  36. Slickrick says:

    Them down home country hicks wasn’t gonna have this gay black monfucker as their mayor. So somebody killed him. I hope they get to the bottom of this.

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  37. annonymous says:

    A 22 year old black dude killed him.

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  38. Ebonyeyes says:

    So sorry to see this promising life ended. May peace come to family and friends.

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  39. Pinky says:

    smh. That’s a shame.

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  40. adriane says:

    So they was in the car together?

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    • HarlemGirl says:

      So they was in the car together?
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      Yeah him and the dude who killed him.

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      • floridagirl2010 says:

        So they was in the car together?
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        Yeah him and the dude who killed him.
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        The guy who killed him name was Lawrence Reed. Lawrence Reed is a QUEENNNNN honey now their connection I’m not sure they were either lovers or friends :think: I’m going with lovers. The mayor probably told Reed he wasn’t gone take care of him anymore or some shit b/c Reed looks like a broke queen :shrugs: ya’ll google his pic.

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  41. Manup says:

    So what does him being gay have to do with it?

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  42. Kayla says:

    so much sad news!!!

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  43. Wanda says:

    I heard about this yesterday this is sad. :hi:

    Hey All!

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  44. shawnia says:

    RIP to my Sigma bro. GOMAB….Such a senseless crime.

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  45. Bobby says:

    Have a good weekend :peace:

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  46. Keisha says:

    Sad May he RIP

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  47. RandomChick says:

    what a shame. The guy that killed him, were they lovers Anybody know?

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  48. Sane says:

    These gays are ruthless!

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  49. Lexy says:

    He was stabbed and burnt before he was killed.
    So now my question is; was he and the guy who killed him lovers??? cus the way he was killed was cruel. This boy didn’t deserve that.

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