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For 2nd time in 2 months, a black man was found hanging from a tree in Southern California

For 2nd time in 2 months, a black man was found hanging from a tree in Southern California
Posted at 8:58 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 09:25:44-04

In Palmdale, California, authorities are investigating the death of a 24-year-old black man after his body was found hanging from a tree near the city hall earlier this month.

A passerby reported seeing a body hanging from a tree at around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office originally said they believe Fuller died by suicide.

Over the weekend, several state and local officials called for an independent investigation into Fuller's death as thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding justice. More than 100,000 people also signed an online petition called for an investigation into Fuller's death.

According to KPCC-FM, Fuller's sister, Diamond Alexander, said Fuller did not have suicidal tendencies.

"Robert was a good little brother to us and it's like everything they have been telling us has not been right ... and we just want to know the truth," she said.

The Associated Press reports that a full autopsy has been planned, and that Fuller's official cause of death is now pending.

Fuller's death marks the second time in as many months in which a black man was found hanging in a tree in a prominent area in a Southern California town. The body of 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch was found hanging in a tree near city hall in Victorville — a town about 45 miles east of Palmdale. The Victor Valley News reported last week that the San Bernardino Sheriff's Office does not believe Harsch's death was the result of foul play.