A Houston man was found dead on Monday, and while initial reports said he was Black, his family reportedly confirmed he was suicidal and authorities state he was Hispanic.
Investigations are taking place all over the United States after four people have been found hung in public places. Police departments have ruled all of the deaths to be suicides, but people aren't accepting that these just happen to be coincidences. On Monday (June 15), news quickly began to circulate that a Black man was found hanging in Houston. Exact details of the incident are scarce, but ABC News 13 stated that a video of the death scene was passed around social media.
Authorities have come forward to debunk claims that there was any foul play involved in this latest case and refuted reports that this was a lynching. The man, they say, was Hispanic, not Black, and investigators claimed that his family confirmed that he was suicidal. Recently, Robert Fuller was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, California; Malcolm Harsh was found hanging in Victorville, California; and Dominique Alexander was found hanging in New York City. All deaths were in public places and have been ruled suicides. An investigation into Fuller's death has been reopened.
Following the string on unsettling incidents, the FBI has released this statement: "The FBI, U.S. Attorney's office for the Central District of California and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are actively reviewing the investigations into the hanging deaths of two African American men in the cities of Palmdale and Victorville to determine whether there are violations of federal law."