After the body of Mississippi mayoral candidate Marco McMillian, 34, was discovered on Wednesday by the police, investigation has been opened in the case to find the killer.
The entire Clarksdale region has been shaken up with the death of its mayoral candidate, Marco McMillan. The candidate was in the running to become the mayor of Clarkdale, Miss., and his body was found about 15 miles west of town. Before the discovery of McMillian’s body, no one knew where he was, with search for him going on.
According to the details provided by the authorities, they had been searching for Marco McMillian since Tuesday morning, after his sports utility vehicle with him in it was involved in a head-on collision in Coahoma County. When help got to the SUV, only the driver of the vehicle was found there. The driver, identified as Lawrence Reed, 22, of Clarksdale, was airlifted to a hospital in Memphis, Tenn., which is about 60 miles away from the site of the accident.
So far, a cause of the accident has not been determined and the driver is being kept in custody. The sheriff’s department has declined to comment whether Reed is a “person of interest” or if he is being kept for an investigation related to the accident only. The sheriff’s department refused to provide further information because of the fact that this is an ongoing investigation.
Marco McMillian was the chief executive of MWM & Associates and a consultant to non-profit organizations. He was widely known as one of the first openly gay candidates for public office in Mississippi. Not only did McMillian openly confess to being gay, he also advocated for the rights of this group, and in the process gained a number of enemies. However, a spokesman for the Clarion-Ledger newspaper of Jackson, Miss., said that McMillian’s sexuality was never an issue in the campaign to become a mayor for Clarksdale.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a national advocate for gay political candidates, tweeted Wednesday, "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Marco McMillian, one of the 1st viable openly #LGBT candidates in Mississippi."
In a statement Wednesday, McMillian's campaign said, "Words cannot describe our grief at the loss of our dear friend, Marco McMillian. The shocking news of Marco's death is beyond difficult for us to process."
Marco McMillian’s body will be sent for an autopsy, after which it will be handed to his family.