On Tuesday Lacy's family, attorneys, and Reverend Barber will meet with the US Attorney from the Eastern District to discuss new developments including potential suspects and a new interpretation of the autopsy done by another medical examiner, according to NAACP community Coordinator Tom Wolf.
The news conference will be held Tuesday in Raleigh, and we will bring you a live report tomorrow afternoon on WECT News at 5 and 6 and online as the new developments unfold.
the tl;dr of the story is a 17 year old black kid from bladenboro (or "crackertown" apparently) was found dead hanging from a swing set near his home with scratches to his face and a knot on his forehead. anyway the police p much treated it like a suicide while the family and the naacp naturally reacted to the "strange fruit" imagery with suspicion.
it's an interesting story given the dynamics at play in this little shithole town so im just gonna pick out some of the more interesting parts of the piece the guardian did on this suicide or murder
Brimhall’s close friend, Teresa Edwards, lives a few doors down from the Lacys. Edwards said that she was desperate to find out the truth, particularly as Lacy was such a good person. “For him to be black – I’m not stereotyping or anything, I’m not racist, I love everybody – but he was a very well-mannered child.”
A white couple, Carla Hudson and Dewey Sykes, live in a trailer home right behind the Lacy house. Soon after Lennon died his family learned that a few years ago Sykes and Hudson had been instructed by police to remove from their front lawn a number of Confederate flags and signs saying “Niggers keep out”.
The Guardian asked the couple why they had put up the signs. Sykes said that it was his idea. “There were some kids who ganged up on our kid and I put some signs up.” Asked whether he now regretted doing so, he replied: “Yeah, I regret it now.”
hahaha "yeah i regret it now that recent events have somehow made me look like an even bigger piece of poo"
Carla Hudson said she had begged her husband to take the signs down. “I told him he had to stop that. It wasn’t how I saw things – there’s not a racist bone in my body.”
"there's not a racist bone in my body" says the woman who lives with and fugs dewey "n*****s keep out" sykes
The family have many other questions that they still want answered. Who desecrated Lennon Lacy’s grave a few days after the burial, dumping the flowers 40 feet away beside the road and digging a hole in one corner of the plot? Why didn’t forensic investigators take swabs from under Lacy’s fingernails and DNA test them to see if he had been in physical contact with anybody else before he died?
these seem like reasonable concerns
Have the police probed deeply enough into Lacy’s wider group of friends and acquaintances; the family were disturbed to find, for instance, that one white associate of Lennon’s had a Confederate flag as the backdrop to his Facebook page.
whoa there stop the presses! dewey "n*****s keep out" sykes associates with the type of hicks that have a boner for the treasonous slavers formerly known as the confederacy and currently known as
For several months before he died, he was also in a relationship with a white woman, Michelle Brimhall, who lives directly opposite the Lacy family home. The liaison with Brimhall raised eyebrows because, at 31, she was almost twice his age. (The age of consent in North Carolina is 16.)
“Everybody was going on to me because he was 17 and I am 31,” Brimhall told the Guardian. “We told people we weren’t seeing each other so they would stop giving us trouble.”
The Lacy family said that Brimhall had split up with Lacy a couple of weeks before he died and that she had a new boyfriend. But she denied that. “We were still together, I did not break up with him,” she said. “I had never had a man treated me as good as he did, and I probably will never find another.”
Then there were those facial marks on his body. Even the undertaker, FW Newton Jr, who has worked as a mortician for 26 years, was taken aback by what he saw.
Newton told the Guardian that when he received Lacy’s body two days after he died, he was struck by the abrasions he saw across both shoulders and down the insides of both arms. He also noted facial indentations over both cheeks, the chin and nose. Though police have told the Lacy family that ants were responsible for causing the marks, to Newton the state of the body reminded him of corpses he had embalmed where the deceased had been killed in a bar-room fight.
Lacy was found wearing a pair of size 10.5 white sneakers, with the laces removed, which no one in his family recognised. A few days before he died, he had bought himself a new pair of Jordans for the start of school year. They were grey with neon green soles, size 12, and have been missing ever since.
i think it's totally conceivable that an american teenager killed himself unexpectedly and the kid's family is desperate for someone to blame in order to avoid the pain that suicide causes. i also think that all of these relatively weird things could have happened in the case of a suicide (for example the kid had a knot on his head but surprise, he's a football player. he had scratches on his face but who knows maybe those were last second panic scratches) however, it would be a lot easier to stomach for ppl if a thorough investigation had been conducted in the aftermath. i know it's reflexive for some people to roll their eyes because the reverse racist race hustlers with the naacp are getting involved, but this is p weird and deserving of a second look. anyway i posted this in anticipation of whatever the naacp has to say later today and i will check back later. happy posting, tinderboxers