The White girlfriend of slain 17-year-old Lennon Lacy, who was found in a trailer park, hanging from a swing set, says he was “murdered” and claims that they had been the targets of racial slurs in rural Bladenboro, N.C., the New York Daily News writes, citing a Daily Mail report.
Michelle Brimhall, 32, broke her silence recently about Lacy’s death. Lacy, a Black high school football player, was discovered hanging from a leash and a belt that was not his own on Aug. 29 in the predominantly White town.
“I believe Lennon was murdered,” Brimhall told Daily Mail. “The police ruled his death a suicide, but Lennon would never harm himself. He’s got too much love for life.”
The New York Daily News reports:
Brimhall said she had been alarmed by racist slurs she received over her relationship with Lennon from neighbors in Bladenboro — a small rural town whose population is 80% white and 18% Black.
“Neighbors had told me they were against interracial relationships and it was ‘not right’ me being with a black guy,” said Brimhall, who went into hiding following Lennon’s death.
She added that the Ku Klux Klan has held marches in Bladenboro and even has a meeting house in the community some minorities have dubbed “Crackertown.”
Brimhall also said that she and Lacy tried to keep the relationship separate from their daily lives.
Lennon’s mother, Claudia Lacy, told the Daily News on Sunday that she and Lennon’s father were against the May-December affair and even tried to get Brimhall to break it off.
A close friend of Lennon also said Brimhall was a crack-addicted prostitute. Brimhall’s father confirmed in an interview with The News that she has a drug problem.
“We told his mom and dad that we had stopped seeing each other because they were getting on him because of the age difference,” said Brimhall, who denied she is a drug addict.
Earlier this month, the FBI launched an investigation into Lacy’s death after his parents and the North Carolina branch of the NAACP questioned findings by a medical examiner that he killed himself. Findings by an independent pathologist hired by the local NAACP contradicted the medical examiner’s ruling and added fuel to suspicions that Lacy was the victim of a lynching, the Daily News notes.