Marco McMillian Death: Slain Miss. mayoral candidate was beaten and burned, family says

This Jan. 20, 2007 photo shows Marco McMillian, 34, a candidate for mayor of Clarksdale, Miss., who was found dead on the Mississippi River levee Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 between Sherard and Rena Lara, Miss. Authorities say the case is being investigated as a homicide. McMillian had served as international executive director of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. His campaign said he may have been the first openly gay man to be a viable candidate for public office in Mississippi. (AP Photo/The Clarksdale Press Register, Troy Catchings)
Troy Catchings
Marco McMillian
AP Photo/The Clarksdale Press Register, Troy Catchings

(CBS/AP) JACKSON, Miss. - The body of a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate was beaten and burned, his family said Monday.

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Marco McMillian, 34, was a candidate for mayor of Clarksdale. His body was found Wednesday near the Mississippi River levee. Lawrence Reed, 22, has been charged with his murder.

Carter Womack, McMillian's godfather, said the Coahoma County coroner informed him that McMillian was beaten and burned. The coroner declined to comment.

A person with direct knowledge of the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press that McMillian had bruises and there were burns on at least part of his body. The person wasn't authorized to publicly comment and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Womack said the family was told that McMillian's body was dragged under a fence and left near the levee.

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