The body of 34-year-old mayoral candidate Marco McMillian was found on Feb. 27 near a Mississippi River levee. (Google Images)

Michael Muskal of The Los Angeles Times is reporting that 22-year-old Lawrence Reed has been arrested and charged with the murder of Marco McMillian, an openly mayoral candidate in Clarksdale, Miss. McMillian’s body was found 15 miles from Clarksdale near the Mississippi River on Wednesday morning after his SUV, but not McMillian himself, was involved in a collision the day before. Reed, however, was found driving the vehicle.

Muskal writes:

Jarod Keith, McMillian’s campaign spokesman, confirmed the candidate was openly gay but said it never came up during the campaign.

“We remember Marco as a bold and passionate public servant, whose faith informed every aspect of his life,” Keith said in a statement issued on Wednesday. “Tragically, that life has been cut short.”

Read more at The Los Angeles Times.

This news brief was written by Kaitlin Higgins.

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