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Teen’s Death Investigated by FBI

Teen’s Death, Ruled Suicide By Local Officials, Now Being Investigated By FBI As Possible Lynching

In August, a Black 17-year-old boy named Lennon Lacy was found dead, hanging by two belts from a swing set in an open field in his North Carolina town. Police, in what Lacy’s family felt was too quick of an investigation, ruled his death a suicide.

But uproar by the NAACP over a potentially botched investigation and the underlying racial implications of the manner in which Lacy died kept the story in the news. On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigations announced that it will examine the evidence in the case again to determine whether or not it may have been a lynching. The NAACP is also launching its own investigation.

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