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Hundreds participate in March for Justice for Lennon Lacy - Click HERE for photos

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Hundreds of people marched peacefully through downtown Bladenboro on a cool Saturday morning, calling for a more thorough investigation into the hanging death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy.

The march, which was sponsored by the North Carolina branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Forward Together Moral Movement, came a day after Bladen County District Attorney Jon David said he has asked the FBI for help in the investigation.

Lacy was found Aug. 29 hanging from a swing set located near his home. The N.C. Medical Examiner's office ruled in November that Lacy died from asphyxia due to hanging, and his death has been listed as a suicide on the medical examiner's report.

The Lacy family has questioned the investigation by the Bladenboro Police Department, the medical examiner's office, and the State Bureau of Investigation. The Lacys believe that Lennon did not commit suicide, pointing to several discrepancies they say have been found in the case. The District Attorney's office has said its investigation has found no evidence of "foul play."

Carrying signs reading "We Demand A Full Investigation" and "Justice for Lennon Lacy," chanting, "What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now," and singing, the marchers Saturday left from Bladenboro First Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Street about 11:30 a.m., made their way to the downtown area, and returned to the church. NC NAACP President Dr. William Barber and Lacy's mother, Claudia Lacy, led the way along the route, which covered about 1.3 miles. There was a large presence of law enforcement officers, but few onlookers. There were no incidents reported.

"Claudia has a right to mourn, to raise these questions to demand this investigation." Barber said in remarks to those gathered near the church prior the march. "Based on the Scripture, Claudia Lacy has a right to refuse to be comforted. She has a right to refuse to believe something when there are unanswered questions and facts in another direction. This community has a right to demand more investigation, and refuse to be comforted by easy answers. We have a right and a responsibility to join with her."

Claudia Lacy has said about being taken to the scene of her son's death, "I knew then, whoever did this, (Lennon) did not do it to himself. I said it loud enough for everyone to here. I said it to the SBI officer. I said it to the crowd of people outside."

"The death of Lennon Lacy has driven us here today," said Rev. Gregory Taylor of Bladenboro First Baptist Church. "When it's all said and done, at the end of the day, we're here for justice, and for the family of Lennon Lacy.

"In August of this year is a day that changed all of our lives, and because of what happened on that day, we are here to support this family and to raise our voices for justice."

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