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Mississippi man charged with killing gay candidate for mayor

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 9:25 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — A 22-year-old man has been charged with killing an openly gay candidate for mayor of Clarksdale, Miss., officials said.

Lawrence Reed of Shelby, Miss., was charged with murder, the Coahoma County sheriff’s office announced Thursday.

There was no immediate indication of a possible motive.

The body of Marco McMillian, 34, was found near a Mississippi River levee about 15 miles from Clarksdale, in the southwest part of Coahoma County at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Authorities said they had been searching for McMillian for about 24 hours, after his SUV had been involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle. McMillian was not in his SUV at the time, prompting the search.

Reed was the driver of the SUV. He was taken to Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Tenn., where he was listed in good condition Thursday morning, a spokeswoman told The Times.

Coahoma County is in the northwest corner of Mississippi, and Clarksdale, the county seat, is in the center of the county.

Jarod Keith, McMillian’s campaign spokesman, confirmed the candidate was openly gay but said it never came up during the campaign.

“We remember Marco as a bold and passionate public servant, whose faith informed every aspect of his life,” Keith said in a written statement issued on Wednesday. “Tragically, that life has been cut short.”

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