Family of Mississippi gay mayoral candidate murdered says “beaten, dragged and burned”

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Family of murdered openly gay Mississippi mayoral candidate Marco McMilliian, who was brutally slain last month and his body dropped on the side of highway, have spoken out and delivered gruesome details of the murder that has shocked America.

They said McMillian was “beaten, dragged and burned” before his life was ultimately taken.

“We know that Marco was brutally murdered. His body was found on Wednesday, February 26, 2013, beaten, dragged and burned (set afire),” his family said in an email published in the Commercial Appeal.

“This was reported in our meeting with the local coroner on two occasions. We were informed that the official autopsy report could take two to four weeks to complete,” he continued.

The family’s statement continued to say that “We feel that this was not a random act of violence based on the condition of the body when it was found. Marco, nor anyone, should have their lives end in this manner.”

LGBT campaign organization Victory Fund described McMillian as “one of the 1st viable openly #LGBT candidates in MIssissippi.”

News of the discovery was first reported to the Press Register, who received a “reliable report, unconfirmed by the Coahoma County Sheriff’s office.

Jarod Keith, McMillian’s campaign spokesman, said that McMillian’s sexuality never came up during the campaign. The candidate had joined the race on the platform of fighting crime and unemployment.

Last Wednesday, after his body was found, his team wrote, “Words cannot describe our grief at the loss of our dear friend, Marco McMillian. The shocking news of Marco’s death is beyond difficult for us to process. We remember Marco as a bold and passionate public servant, whose faith informed every aspect of his life. Tragically, that life has been cut short.”

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