In what has already been an extremely tragic week, another piece of unfortunate news has regrettably come to light: a black man was found on Thursday, hanging from an Atlanta park tree.

Security found the as of yet unidentified black male, between the ages of 25 and 35, hanging around 5 A.M. on Thursday morning in Piedmont Park. The male was pronounced dead at the scene by an emergency crew.

The scene was consistent with what is classically found in suicide cases, causing coroners to likely deem this case a suicide. The official cause of death has been ruled as asphyxiation, with no visible signs of a struggle.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of a young man’s life last night in Piedmont Park. This disturbing event demands our full attention, The Atlanta Police Department is conducting a robust investigation into his death and I have asked to receive regular briefings on the status of the investigation. We have also referred the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

At the moment there is no evidence of foul play in the death of this man, but Mayor Reed does not want to jump to any premature conclusions. At the time of publication, the man’s identity is being withheld until his family can be reached.

It is important to stress that at the moment, there are no signs of foul play or murder in this case. If such information does come to light, we will update with the proper details.

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