(Clarksdale, MS) A murdered Mid-South politician is laid to rest as family and friends say goodbye.
Family, fraternity brothers and friends lined the way as 33-year-old Marco McMillian's casket passed by.
“Marco would be smiling saying good job,” said Carter Womack, Former International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
The young mayoral candidate just moved back to Clarksdale to run for public office. But the first openly gay politician to run in Mississippi, was found murdered.
McMillian’s family says he was burned, dragged, and beaten. Detectives haven’t released exactly how McMillian died, but arrested and charged Lawrence Reed with killing Marco. It’s a murder, McMillian’s godfather, Carter Womack, says Marco warned them may come.
“If you get a call that I'm missing or they found me dead, this campaign is very crazy. Those were his words to me three weeks ago,” said Womack.
Inside the funeral, McMillian’s mentor and fraternity brother, U.S. Congressman John Lewis, asked the question, "What is it in our society that would make someone kill someone with such a bright future?"
That question was never answered Saturday, but instead of focusing on why McMillian was brutally murdered and their pain, his loved ones celebrated his life.
“He was such a nice guy, so many things that you could think of that are positive that was Marco,” said childhood friend, Gerry Stanford.
McMillian’s legacy included integrating his senior high school prom, graduating from Jackson State University and serving as the international executive director for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.
“Leadership for Marco was take charge, but demand excellence,” said Womack.
It’s that excellence McMillian’s family and friends say they will strive for as they continue living, without him.
McMillian’s death remains under investigation.