KATMANDU, Nepal – A Tibetan monk set himself on fire in Nepal’s capital Tuesday in what is believed to be the latest protest against Chinese rule over their homeland.
The man set himself on fire near the Boudhanath shrine in the northeastern edge of Katmandu, police official Manoj Chetri said.
He was taken to the Tribhuwan University hospital in critical condition with much of his body burned.
The monk set himself on fire in an alley away from the crowd. Police and residents put out the flames with fire extinguishers and rushed him to the hospital.
Police were investigating but have not been able to identify him beyond that he is a Buddhist monk.
Coroner shares details of openly gay man’s death after autopsy; family requests full investigation into the death.
JACKSON, Miss. — The family of Marco McMillian says the Clarksdale mayoral candidate found brutally murdered last week was beaten, dragged and set afire.
“We feel this was not a random act of violence based on the condition of the body when it was found,” the McMillian family said in a statement released Sunday. “Marco, nor anyone, should have their lives end in this manner.”
The family, which said it learned details of murder from the coroner, asked for a full and thorough investigation into the death of the 33-year-old openly gay candidate.
Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith declined to comment on the family’s statement, except to say that McMillian wasn’t dragged behind a vehicle. His body was dragged from the vehicle to the place it was dumped.
“Of course, being a big man like he is, they couldn’t pick him up and take him,” Meredith said. “This is blown out of proportion.”
The Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department, which is leading the investigation, didn’t immediately have a response to the family’s statement.
McMillian’s body was found Wednesday near the base of the Mississippi River west of Clarksdale, Miss., after he had been missing for one day. On Thursday, the sheriff’s department charged Lawrence Reed, 22, of Clarksdale with murder in connection with the death.
Other than to say it’s not investigating the murder as a hate crime, the department has released no other information about the incident or the arrest. This has prompted mass speculation about why it occurred.
Among the numerous theories is that Reed allegedly killed McMillian after McMillian made sexual advances toward him or that the two men possibly had been in a romantic relationship.
The family said it wanted to share information about McMillian’s death to dispel such speculation.
Reed was found Tuesday morning after crashing McMillian’s SUV into another vehicle on U.S. 49 near the Coahoma-Tallahatchie county line. McMillian was not in the vehicle at the time and authorities began searching for him.
Reed was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis and released Saturday into the custody of the Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department.
The other driver was treated at a local hospital and released.
Although the state medical examiner conducted an autopsy, authorities won’t release the results until the completion of toxicology tests.
McMillian had moved back to his hometown of Clarksdale several months ago to enter the mayoral race. He had wanted to reduce crime and boost employment opportunities.
Before his return, the Democratic candidate had served as international executive director of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, executive assistant and chief of staff to the president of Alabama A&M University, and assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement at Jackson State University, his alma mater.
McMillian, who also has a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, ran a firm providing professional consultation to nonprofit organizations.
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A murder investigation was launched yesterday after a 16-year-old girl’s body was set on fire in an alleyway.
Sasha Marsden, a college student, was found engulfed in flames behind a guesthouse in the seaside resort of Blackpool, Lancs.
Locals who found her initially thought it was a mannequin as they tried to extinguish the blaze with bowls of water.
A 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman who run a nearby hotel were arrested on suspicion of murder.
Det Supt Andy Murphy, the senior investigating officer, said: “This is an incredibly difficult and complex inquiry and we are working to try and build up a picture of what happened.
“From examining the body, it appears to us that someone has attempted to set fire to Sasha, and this is a line of inquiry that we are looking into.
“This is an incredibly difficult time for the family, and we are keeping them informed of our investigation. Our officers will be supporting them as they attempt to come to terms with what has happened.”
Miss Marsden lived with her parents in the Staining area of Blackpool and was studying childcare at Blackpool and The Fylde College.
The alarm was raised at 9.15pm on Thursday night after a smoke alarm was triggered inside the rear of the Grafton House hotel and staff at neighbouring guesthouses went outside to investigate.
Carl Evans, 35, who owns the nearby Kimber House Hotel, said: “I heard the fire alarm go off next door but I didn’t think anything of it at first.
“Then a dog walker called out for help. Three of us ran out and we were trying to extinguish the flames. I didn’t realise it was a body at first.
“The girl was curled up in the foetal position. She was very small and it looked like she had no legs. It has been a massive shock.”
Specialist crime scene investigators were last night carrying out forensic searches of the alleyway, behind Kirby Road in the South Shore area, and at a bed-and-breakfast hotel in the same road.
A post mortem carried out on Friday night was expected to reveal the cause of death.
Supt Eddie Newton, Blackpool Police operations manager, said: “Incidents like this do send a sense a shock throughout our communities, and I would like to reassure the Blackpool public that we have a team of dedicated and highly trained officers working on this investigation to try and establish exactly what has happened.
“I would ask people not to worry. We believe that this is an isolated incident and that there is no risk to the public.
“We have two people in custody helping with the investigation and detectives are following a number of different lines of inquiry.
“Our neighbourhood policing teams are out in the area and I would urge anyone who has any concerns to approach one of our officers and speak to them. They are there to offer you support and allay any fears that you may have.
“We have specially trained family liaison officers working closely with the family, offering them support, and our thoughts are with them at this sad time.”