Earlier this week, a 24-year-old Black man named Robert Fuller was found dead, hanging from a tree in Palmdale, California.
Local officials were quick to rule the death a suicide, a decision that drew outrage from not only Fuller's family, but from many around the country, including several celebrities and Black Lives Matter activists.
The city has since reversed its stance and says it supports a full investigation into Fuller's death, which many believe to have been a racially-motivated murder.
People around the country are calling for further investigation into the death of Robert Fuller. The 24-year-old was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, a community about 6o miles north of Los Angeles, on Monday.
City officials initially described Fuller's death as "an alleged death by suicide," a finding that drew outrage from Fuller's family and others in the community, who demanded further investigation and an independent autopsy.
"The City of Palmdale is joining the family and the community’s call for justice and we do support a full investigation into his death," the city said in a statement, which according to the Los Angeles Times, was a reversal of a release issued Thursday in which City Manager J.J. Murphy labeled the death a suicide.
Many believe that the local authorities were much too quick in ruling the death a suicide and that it's more likely that Fuller, whose friends and family adamantly insist was not suicidal, was murdered.
This is why we can’t stop this conversation! This is why the current system has to be dismantled immediately! This is why you must have the tough convos with your family members!!! It’s still happening! Repost from @danfortner2020 • A young black man's body was found hanging in front of the police station and they instantly ruled it a suicide and claimed no security cameras exist in the area... What is going on here? Are the police covering up a lynching? #robertfuller #justiceforrobertfuller #palmdale #somethingfishy #georgefloyd #policebrutality #kkk
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"#RobertFuller was murdered in Palmdale, California," Davis wrote on Instagram. "Fuller was found hung from a tree in front of Palmdale City Hall Wednesday morning (June 10, 2020). Urge city officials to investigate Robert Fuller’s death. Do not let his death pass silently."
#RobertFuller was murdered in Palmdale, California. Fuller was found hung from a tree in front of Palmdale City Hall Wednesday morning (June 10, 2020). Urge city officials to investigate Robert Fuller’s death. Do not let his death pass silently. link to his family’s gofundme: https://t.co/ZADsUYpFsP EDIT: Please call Lt. Brandon Dean of the Los Angeles Co. Sheriff’s Office Homicide Bureau +1 (323) 890-5500 and request a thorough investigation into Robert Fuller’s death. #justiceforrobertfuller 🔁@1800balboa
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On Twitter, Kim Kardashian shared a link to a petition calling for further investigation into Fuller's death, writing, "Robert Fuller was found dead June 10, 2020, hanging from a tree outside City Hall Palmdale. Sign this petition to demand for a thorough and proper investigation #JusticeforRobertFuller."
Robert Fuller was found dead June 10, 2020, hanging from a tree outside City Hall Palmdale. Sign this petition to demand for a thorough and proper investigation #JusticeforRobertFuller https://t.co/czUqCrmE8m
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 12, 2020
😞 ruled a suicide? Are they not even gonna open an investigation? We need #JusticeforRobertFuller 🙏🏽❤️
— Becky G. (@iambeckyg) June 13, 2020
In her tweet, Jamil pulled no punches, writing, "This young man is Robert Fuller. He was found hanging from a tree yesterday in CA. Police have dismissed it as suicide. We all call bullshit."
TW: ***violence and racism.***
This young man is Robert Fuller. He was found hanging from a tree yesterday in CA. Police have dismissed it as suicide. We all call bullshit. Please retweet. #RobertFuller #BlackLivesMater https://t.co/siU4MMfSUa
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) June 13, 2020
The Change.or petition calling for further investigation into Fuller's death currently has more than 205,000 signatures and those interested in supporting his family during this time can donate to their GoFundMe.
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