The death of Robert Fuller, 24, is stirring controversy in Palmdale, a city of 156,000 north of Los Angeles, where some residents are challenging police statements that he likely committed suicide, and believe he may have been a victim of a hate crime. Fuller’s body was found Wednesday near city hall.
On social media, the hashtag #JusticeforRobertFuller trended on Twitter with users calling for a full investigation of what some speculated was a cover-up of a lynching.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office said that the death was initially reported as a suicide, but a determination on the cause of death is pending a full autopsy, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“Investigators have been in contact with Mr. Fuller’s family and are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Fuller’s death,” Palmdale officials said in a statement.