İrem UZUN -TDO- Amid protests against racial mistreatment and injustice across the United States, the family of a 24-year-old Black man found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, California have called for answers over his death. On Saturday, hundreds of people marched in Palmdale following the death of Robert Fuller. During the demonstration, Los Angeles Supervisor Kathryn Barger formally called for an investigation into the death by the state's attorney general.
Late last month, the body of Malcolm Harsch, who was 38, was also found hanging from a tree in Victorville, near a homeless campsite. Authorities in both locations initially suspected the men had committed suicide but are now reserving final decisions in response to community uproar and pending further investigation.
At around 3:40 a.m. on June 10, a passerby found Fuller hanging from the tree across the street from City Hall, CBS Los Angeles reports. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department initially said Fuller died by suicide, but his family believes he was lynched, and has demanded a full investigation into what happened. State Senator Scott Wilk and Assembly Member Tom Lackey announced their support for an independent investigation as well.
On Saturday, hundreds gathered in the park where Fuller's body was found demanding an investigation into his death. Throughout the day, protesters marched through the city's major thoroughfares and to the Palmdale's Sheriff Station. At a rally near the tree where her brother's body was found, Fuller's sister, Diamond Alexander, expressed her skepticism that he committed suicide and said her family still had unanswered questions.