A twenty-two-year-old man has been
charged with the murder of Marco McMillian, an openly gay mayoral
candidate of Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Police have charged Lawrence Reed with
the murder of McMillian, 34.
Officials from the Coahoma County
Sheriff's Department announced on Wednesday that they had found
McMillian's remains near the Mississippi River.
The search for McMillian began after
his SUV collided head-on with another vehicle on Tuesday morning.
Reed was driving the SUV and McMillian was nowhere to be found.
Police did not release any additional
“Our hearts go out to the family and
friends of Marco McMillian, one of the 1st viable openly
LGBT candidates in Mississippi,” tweeted the Victory Fund, which
supports LGBT elected officials.
McMillian, who graduated from
Clarksdale High School in 1997, returned from Memphis to his hometown
several months ago to run for mayor. He reportedly had big ideas for
Clarksdale, a town of about 17,800 residents.