More details have emerged in the murder of Marco McMillian, a 34-year-old openly gay politician found dead near the Mississippi River levee two weeks ago.
The man accused of killing McMillian, 22-year-old Lawrence Reed, claims he killed the mayoral candidate after he made unwanted advances on him.
Reed’s roommate, Kamillia Evans, told ABC24.com that if Reed did it “he was defending himself,” something his sisters also claim:
However, the sisters say Reed told them everything. Just after midnight on February 26, their youngest sister received a panicked call from Reed. One sister says, “He called at 12:11am and he told her that the dude (McMillian) was trying to rape him. He was exposing himself to him, playing with himself, telling him to do things and then he’ll take him home.”
He told the girl he was on a back road and couldn’t get away. A few minutes later a bruised, bloody and broken Reed showed up at their back porch. “He just looked like he had been through war…” one sister describes, “He was standing in the back, back here, telling God to forgive him. He didn’t mean to do it, and he was saying that he just wanted to die.”
She says when Reed couldn’t get away from McMillian, he used the chain on his wallet to choke the 200 pound politician. “He was shaking real hard, he was crying real hard, he was circling, begging for somebody to talk to him.”
The sisters say Reed was inconsolable and, they believe, suicidal. “When he left out, he just drove out, sped up and hit a white truck head on.”
The FBI is currently investigating the murder of Marco McMillian as a possible hate crime.