A black gay man running for mayor in a Mississippi town is murdered, leaving residents with lots of questions, but few answers:

“When McMillian decided to run for mayor, Owens and his friends saw it as a chance for a fresh start. His death has given Owens a sort of helpless feeling, like shadowy forces are conspiring against him and his town.

“‘It could have been a political hit, you never know,’ he says. ‘He knew. That’s the funny thing. He knew he was going to die. He said they was gonna kill him…. He knows how this town is. If you want to be on top, something that comes with money and power, you can pay a big price.’”