In this Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 photo, Claudia Lacy, center, cries as she thanks the people that showed up at First Baptist Church in Bladenboro, N.C., to listen to the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, talk about the developments in the investigation of her son's death. Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old, was found hanging from a swing set in the middle of a trailer park in late August. Surrounding Claudia Lacy are attorney Alan Rogers, left, Wilson Lacy, sitting, Lennon' brother Pierre Lacy, Rev. Gregory D. Taylor, Rev. William Barber II and attorney Heather Rattelade. (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, Raul R. Rubiera) MANDATORY CREDIT
Pictured: Lennon Lacy (Family photo)
Pictured: Lennon Lacy (Family photo)

Jan Ransom and Bill Hutchinson, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

BLADENBORO, N.C. (New York Daily News)—The mysterious hanging of a black North Carolina teen took new twist Thursday when a 32-year-old white woman he was dating said she fears he was murdered over their interracial romance.

Michelle Brimhall broke her silence in the death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy, revealing they had been hassled by white neighbors upset over their relationship.

“I believe Lennon was murdered,” Brimhall told “The police ruled his death a suicide but Lennon would never harm himself. He’s got too much love for life.”

The FBI launched an investigation earlier this month into the high school football player’s Aug. 29 death after his parents and the North Carolina branch of the NAACP rejected a medical examiner’s findings that he killed himself.



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