Lennon Lacy was a 17-year-old African-American high school student whose body was found hanging from a children’s swing set in a largely white mobile home park in rural North Carolina on Aug. 29. The local police declared his death a suicide within nine hours of finding his body — despite the fact that the shoes on his feet were not his own and were two sizes too small, despite his parents saying that conclusion couldn’t be right and despite the fact that locals of that small town have alluded that his death might have been a hate crime.
Lacy was found hanging by the neck in a largely white trailer park and local police closed the case on the possibility that he was lynched before performing any investigation. Why don’t more people know about this?
Lacy’s family wants a federal investigation. The NAACP has asked for a federal investigation saying “we believed there was a good possibility of a race-based homicide and possible law enforcement involvement in the decision to provide the State Medical Examiner with their conclusion that this was a suicide before any real investigation of a possible homicide had been undertaken.”