|President Obama poses for a photo with Marco McMillian (to Obama's right) in this undated photo.|
The story gets stranger:
"Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith said McMillian's body was found Wednesday morning near the levee between Sherard and Rena Lara. It was sent to Jackson for an autopsy.
Meredith said the case is being investigated as a homicide, but he declined to speculate on the cause of death.
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.
The suspect is recovering at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis from injuries sustained in Tuesday's crash, WREG-TV reports."
According to the Daily Mail, a person of interest has been taken into custody.
Godspeed to Clarksdale and to the family and friends of Marco McMillian.
Update: A spokesperson for McMillian's campaign told Mississippi activist Zach Magee that preliminary evidence is not showing signs of a hate crime. There's a little confusion here because, while federal law recognizes anti-LGBT hate crimes, Mississippi hate crimes law addresses "actual and perceived gender" but not sexual orientation. (Thanks
§ 99-19-301. Penalties subject to enhancement. The penalty for any felony or misdemeanor shall be subject to enhancement as provided in Sections 99-19-301 through 99-19-307 if the felony or misdemeanor was committed because of the actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, national origin or gender of the victim.
Sources: Laws, 1994, ch. 572, § 1, eff from and after July 1, 1994.