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Openly gay mayor candidate killed in Mississippi

Posted at 2:12 PM, Feb 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-28 14:12:33-05

An investigation is underway in Mississippi after a rising political star was found dead in what appears to be a homicide.

Officials say the body of Marco McMillian was discovered near the levee along Mississippi River on Wednesday. The 34-year-old was the first openly gay man to run as a viable candidate for public office in the state.

McMillian was declared missing earlier in the week, after his car – driven by another man – was involved in a car accident.

Investigators handling the case will only confirm that there is a male suspect in custody, but won’t confirm his identity.