Over four months after his dismembered remains were found in a wooded area, the family of Rasheem Carter is calling for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to take on the case, as local authorities were swift to rule out foul play from the beginning.
Authorities Said They Had ‘No Reason’ To Suspect Foul Play In The Rasheem Carter Case
WAPT reports that Rasheem disappeared back in early October, and—shortly ahead of going missing—the 25-year-old informed his mother that he was being pursued by a group of white men in Taylorsville, Mississippi.
Upon his dismembered remains later being located in early November, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office noted that—while the death was under investigation—they “have no reason to believe foul play was involved.”
While the post didn’t elaborate on the sheriff’s office’s stance, NBC News reports that authorities told three different family members that they believe wild animals may have been responsible for tearing up Rasheem Carter’s body.
We should also add that the medical examiner was unable to determine a cause of death, as Carter’s remains were badly decomposed.
Ben Crump Calls The Situation ‘A Mississippi Lynching’
However, Carter’s family immediately side-eyed the account, and they enlisted the help of Ben Crump to assist in their pursuit for justice.
During a recent press conference, the civil rights attorney emphasized the suspiciousness of the situation, as he noted that Rasheem’s head and spinal cord were tracked down in two separate areas.
“His head was severed from his body. His vertebrae, his spinal cord, was in another spot they discovered away from his severed head.”
He went on to proclaim, “Someone murdered Rasheem Carter, and we cannot let them get away with this.”
“One thing is for certain: This was not a natural death. This represents a young man who was killed. What that tells us is this was a nefarious act, an evil act. Someone murdered Rasheem Carter, and we cannot let them get away with this.”
Additionally, Crump described the matter as “a Mississippi lynching in 2022.”
As a result of these factors, Crump and the family want to DOJ to step in.
“We need the highest levels of law enforcement to administer justice for Rasheem Carter as if he was your child.”
We send the family our condolences and pray that Rasheem Carter gets justice.