Brave, Openly Gay Mississippi Mayoral Candidate Found Dead in the Woods (VIDEO)

Marco McMillanMarco McMillian was "one of the good ones," according to his friends. And now, one of the first openly gay mayoral candidates in Mississippi history was found dead early Wednesday morning, and police say they suspect murder. At just 34, McMillian was running as a Democrat for the position of mayor in Clarksdale, Mississippi, which was his hometown.

Though investigators aren't calling this a hate crime, the details are both heartbreaking and highly suspicious. McMillian's car was found smashed, having been driven by someone else, and then his body was found in the woods.

It's sickeningly sad to see those who love him grieve for this young and vibrant personality who wanted so much to make a difference in his community. See below:

One has to wonder if his sexuality had something to do with his death. Obviously, there are any number of possibilities, but the one on most people's minds is that this was a hate crime.

There are other possibilities, of course. It could have been a robbery gone wrong or even some kind of personal squabble that has nothing to do with sexuality.

Regardless, it's horrific and tragic. The courage it would take to be an openly gay man running for office in a notoriously conservative state can't be overstated. This was a brave man who clearly would have done a lot with the position. 

The mind immediately goes to the worst and that is that someone would have murdered him because of his sexuality. Even though it's not being investigated as a hate crime, sometimes that is missed. Sure, gay people get murdered like anyone else in ways that have nothing to do with their sexuality. But a "hate crime" is a special kind of cruelty.

To kill someone for the color of their skin or their sexuality IS worse than any other reason. It just is. We can't have people out there hating on others just because they exist. That has to end. But how does one prove a hate crime? How would we ever know the real reason McMillian is dead?

Was it a hate crime? Maybe. But it isn't being investigated as one. It seems too early to make that determination, but maybe the cops know something we don't.

Regardless, it's a horrific loss for the community and my heart is breaking for them all today.

Do you think there is more to this murder than what it seems?


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nonmember avatar krelia

Or he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Everybody jumps on this hate crime bandwagon whenever something happens. People get killed every single day over the smallest things....

Flori... Floridamom96

"To kill someone for the color of their skin or their sexuality IS worse than any other reason. It just is."

While it is heartbreaking and tragic that this man's life was taken from him, the kind of crap I've quoted from your article absolutely infuriates me. Why is it worse? And "it just is" is a kindergartners answer. Answer as an adult. That kind of attitude degrades the lives of other murder victims, by saying flat out that their murders are less important because they aren't part of some made up victim class. It's just sick.

SKDMo... SKDMom1020

ANY act of violence is a hate crime.  Regardless of who the victim is, it is ALL evil.  For example, women get murdered by serial killers all the time, because the criminals hate women.  Hate motivates all murders.  Period.

CAP1015 CAP1015

WTF?????  " To kill someone for the color of their skin or their sexuality IS worse than any other reason".

You actually wrote that?  You actually feel that way?  Try providing this point to the hundreds of people who have lost children to murder by pedophiles, serial killers or a school shooting.  You are a fucking moron.  Your article hints that being a minority or having a non-traditional sexual preference makes you above the norm, WHICH IS EXACTLY THE DEFINITION OF REVERSE DISCRIMINATION.   If you truly want to honor this group of people then the best way is.......................treat them just like everyone else...........again you a complete fucking moron.  No other way to say it.   

The Stir---------do you even read or edit these blogs of complete idiotic, insane and perfect examples of stupidity?   

Zenia6 Zenia6

He was the 1st openly gay man in Mississippi to run for office, that is why he was brave. I hope it was not a hate crime, dieing simply for being gay in 2013 is frightening- we as a culture should be past this by now. But I guess that remains to be seen.

abra819 abra819

black and gay in 'ol mississippi. Unfortunately, I'm thinking hate crime..

the4m... the4mutts

I agree with cap, florida, skd & prima.

Murder is ALL about hate. Nobody says "well gosh, I just love everything about you! Why dont I stab you in the neck?"

I dont care WHY this man was murdered. His family has my condolences.

bills... billsfan1104

Any murder for any reason is a hate crime. Just because you are black, a woman or gay, doesn't make that murder any more special.

What if he was meeting someone from the Internet an it went horribly wrong?

LostS... LostSoul88

Murder is murder reguardless of why the person was killed. I believe this was a hate crime. 

Flori... Floridamom96

Also, if there's nothing wrong with being gay, if its perfectly normal, then just living one's life does not involve any more courage than anyone else just living their lives.

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