The North Carolina branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has scheduled a community meeting Wednesday, March 25 in Bladenboro to talk about the investigation into the hanging death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy last August.
The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church at 521 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, according to a release from the organization. The public is invited. Lacy’s family also is expected to attend the meeting.
Lacy, who was a student at West Bladen High School, was found Aug. 29 hanging from a swing set located near his home. The N.C. Medical Examiner’s office ruled in November that Lacy died from asphyxia due to hanging, and his death was listed as a suicide on the medical examiner’s report.
However, the Lacy family questioned the investigation by the Bladenboro Police Department, the medical examiner’s office, and the State Bureau of Investigation. The Lacys have said they do not believe that Lennon committed suicide, pointing to several discrepancies they said were found in the case. The District Attorney’s office said its investigation found no evidence of “foul play.”
In December, the N.C. NAACP sent letters to Gov. Pat McCrory, North Carolina’s delegation in the U.S. Senate and House, North Carolina General Assembly leaders, and U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker asking for support for a federal investigation into Lacy’s death. The FBI took over investigation of the case in December.