Two Black men, Malcolm Harsch and Robert Fuller, were found dead, hanging in Southern California cities, in the last two weeks.
Harsch (pictured above left), 38, was found hanging from a tree in Victorville on May 31. According to ABC 7, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department says his body was discovered near a homeless encampment.
Investigators say foul play is not suspected.
“There were no indications at the scene that suggested foul play; however, the cause and manner of death are still pending,” Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jodi Miller told Victor Valley News.
However, Harsch’s family doesn’t want his death to be easily ruled a suicide.
In a statement to Victor Valley News, his family, that’s primarily in Ohio, said Harsch recently spoke with his kids about visiting them.
The family was told he used a USB cord to hang himself and that there was blood on his shirt.
“There are many ways to die, but considering the current racial tension, a Black man hanging himself from a tree definitely doesn’t sit well with us right now. We want justice not comfortable excuses,” said Harsch’s family.
In Palmdale, a city about 45 miles away from Victorville, Fuller (pictured above right), 24, was found hanging from a tree across from the town’s City Hall on June 10.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported it was likely a suicide, but Fuller’s family and community members believe his death should be investigated as a homicide.
“He was not suicidal,” Pernisha Theus, Fuller’s cousin, said. “He had no mental illnesses and we don’t want that to be implied.”
The City of Palmdale has issued a statement supporting the call for an independent investigation and autopsy.
According to ABC 7, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger released a statement requesting an investigation by State Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
Palmer’s death eerily brought Harsch’s to a spotlight. Hopefully, justice for both families will be served.
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Here is a GoFundMe set up for the family of Robert Fuller.