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Sad news has emerged involving a Mississippi politician.

Openly gay mayoral candidate Marco McMillian has been found dead near the Mississippi river, according to the Huffington Post.

Marco's body was found on Febraury 27 near a Mississippi River levee. He had been involved in an auto wreck in his SUV last week, but his body had disappeared. 

Police are treating the death as a homicide, but details are sparse at the moment.

Marco, who was 34, was running as a Democrat for mayor of his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi. The primary is being held on May 6.

A spokesman for the campaign had pointed out that Marco is likely to have been the first openly gay man to have a serious shot at winning public office in the state.

Our thoughts are with Marco's family and loved ones at this difficult time.

Source: Huffington Post