Black man lynched and found burning in ditch in Iowa #JusticeForMichaelWilliams

 


The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation ruled 44-year-old Michael William's death a homicide on Friday. William's body was found burning in a ditch on September 16 in rural Jasper County, Iowa. 

Eva Hill, a reporter with the Grinnell College Scarlet and Black
, said the 2010 U.S. Census showed the Grinnell population of 9,218 was 2% African-American and 91.9% white. Hill noted Williams’ death “comes at the close of a summer of highly publicized violence against Black Americans.


According to Williams’ Facebook page, he was originally from Syracuse, New York, where many of his family members still live. He turned 44 on Sept. 10, 2020, nine days ago. His mother wrote in the introduction to a GoFundMe for funeral expenses. “Mike was a big man! He was a loving man, that loved his children and extended family. Michael was the life of the party and loved to dance. He did not deserve to be treated like this! He was our Gentle Giant!”
 
Local police have not released any information regarding whether Williams’ killing is being investigated as a hate crime.

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