FBI Now Involved In Lennon Lacy Case; Family Believes Teen Was Lynched For Relationship With 32-Year-Old White Woman
We’ve been sharing the story of the tragic death of Lennon Lacy with you over the last few months as the family of the 17-year-old, who was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, N.C. in August, fight for the truth. While police and a medical examiner ruled the teen’s death a suicide, those who knew Lacy, including his family, say that even though he had just lost his uncle, he wasn’t depressed and was excited to start on his high school’s football team. And the fact that Lacy was found with shoes two sizes too small on his feet, and not the ones he had just bought for the new school year, along with bruises, is very suspicious. With the help of the North Carolina NAACP chapter, an independent pathologist reviewed the case and the autopsy reports and concluded that it wasn’t possible for Lacy to have hung himself all by himself. Considering his height and how high up he was hanging on the swing set, Dr. Christena Roberts said it didn’t make sense:
“There was no item present at the scene that Lennon could have stood on, applied the noose and then kicked away.”
And his mother, Claudia Lacy, said local police didn’t even do a thorough investigation:
For those four days, the police didn’t once come to my house, they didn’t look inside Lennon’s room – they still haven’t to this day. They didn’t ask to see his cell phone so they could track his calls, they didn’t ask me what clothes he was wearing the night before he died. Until my family, with the help of the North Carolina branch of the NAACP, presented the police with a long list of our concerns, they didn’t even inquire about the fact that Lennon was found with a pair of white sneakers on his feet that he didn’t own and were two sizes too small for him.
And now, the FBI is getting involved. According to the New York Times, investigators announced on Friday that they would review the investigation that had taken place.
Rev. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP that brought in Dr. Roberts, says that the FBI’s involvement is welcomed and needed.
“They have the resources and the mandate of law and the kind of specialized training to look at these facts on all sides.
There are just too many questions out there that are unanswered. This mother, this family, this community deserves a full investigation, not a rush to conclusions.”
The family, along with friends of the teen, now say that they think Lacy was actually lynched for his ‘relationship’ with 32-year-old Michelle Brimhall. She had recently left her husband and moved to Bladenboro and ended up getting involved with Lacy (the age of consent is 16). But since his death, the family has had a hard time getting in touch with her (specifically in the last three weeks) and say she is battling a drug addiction. Lacy’s brother, Pierre, told the New York Daily News that she was nothing but trouble.
“She was seeing other people and prostituting herself to pay her bills and to afford her habit. She would just get angry with him (Lacy) for questioning her.”
And Justin Jones, a friend of Lacy, agreed:
“I said, ‘You need to leave her alone, she’s bad news.’ He said, ‘I can’t. I got feelings for her.'”
Lacy’s mother says she confronted Brimhall and asked her to stop seeing her son:
“A 17-year-old should not be associated with anyone 32. She (Brimhall) should have took into consideration he was a child.
I asked her how would you feel if my son was talking to your 11-year-old?”
Ironically, in initial stories about Lacy’s death, including the thorough piece done by The Guardian, Brimhall was interviewed and said she also didn’t believe that he had killed himself.
“No, Lennon did not kill himself. He loved his mother so much, he would never put her through that. I want to know who did it. I want them to suffer.”