Why not a hate crime? Mississippi's hate crime laws only over race, gender, and religion. The county coroner preliminary thoughts are that the killing wasn't politically motivated, yet the family reveals that McMillian had been concerned for his safety and attempts were made to talk him out of the race. It's still unknown whether his death was related to the mayoral campaign or sexuality (or both).
So far, 22-year-old Lawrence Reed remains the only suspect. He was driving McMillian's SUV when it was involved in a head on collision. There are rumors that McMillian knew Reed, but no substantial facts have been uncovered thus far.