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Gay Mississippi Mayoral Candidate Marco McMillian Found Dead

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Mississippi mayoral candidate Marco McMillian was found dead on Wednesday. The case is being investigated as a homicide.

McMillian's body was discovered on the Mississippi River levee. The 34-year-old was running for mayor of Clarksdale, a town that is somewhat famous because it is home to the crossroads where famed bluesman Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul to the devil. Mississippi native and actor Morgan Freeman co-owns a music club there. One of Mcillian’s opponents in the mayoral race, Bill Luckett, is also a partial owner of the club.

McMillian’s campaign spokesman, Jarod Keith, said McMillian’s run for office was noteworthy because he may have been the first openly gay man to be a viable candidate for public office in Mississippi.

There are very few details about what happened and no official cause of death has been given. According to Talking Points Memo, the sheriff’s office said in a news release on its Facebook page that a person of interest was in custody. That person has not yet been formally charged.

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Authorities have been on the lookout for McMillian since a man crashed the candidate’s car into another vehicle on Tuesday. McMillian was not in the car at the time of the crash.

Dennis Thomas, 33, who works at local restaurant Abe’s Barbeque, said McMillian’s death has been the talk of the town.

“There’s a lot of people upset about it. Why would somebody want to do something like that to somebody of that caliber?” Thomas said. “He was a highly respected person in town. He’s been in the community helping out a lot.”

McMillian’s campaign said in a statement that words cannot describe “our grief at the loss of our dear friend.”

“We remember Marco as a bold and passionate public servant, whose faith informed every aspect of his life,” the statement said.

Source: (Talking Points Memo)