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Slain Miss. mayoral candidate remembered as leader

Saturday - 3/9/2013, 7:01pm  ET

FILE - This Jan. 20, 2007 file 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. A Mississippi congressman on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 asked the FBI to review the slaying of the openly gay mayoral candidate to determine if any federal laws might have been violated. (AP Photo/The Clarksdale Press Register, Troy Catchings, File)

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) -- Friends and relatives are remembering a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate as a humble leader who wanted to serve his community.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Coahoma County College for Marco McMillian's funeral. The Clarksdale mayoral candidate was killed in late February. Authorities have charged 22-year-old Lawrence Reed in McMillian's death. Few details have been released.

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., reports ( that more than 100 members of his Phi Beta Sigma fraternity attended.

Georgia congressman John Lewis praised McMillian as a young man who was willing to give up the prime of his life to serve his community.

Carter D. Womack, McMillian's godfather, says the family is still hoping for justice -- and more information about what happened to the 33-year-old man.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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