Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee on Wednesday called for a federal investigation into two recent hangings in the Houston area that stirred wide speculation that the victims were killed.
A Hispanic man’s body was discovered hanged Monday in the Shady Acres community, while an African-American teenager’s body was found hanged Tuesday Ehrhardt Elementary School in Klein. The Hispanic man’s death has been ruled a suicide by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. In the second death, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said all the available evidence pointed to suicide.
The release from Lee’s office incorrectly stated that the man found dead Monday was black.
Lee said she was outraged by the hangings, adding that they are part of a string “of deaths of black and Hispanic men found hanging in the United States.” She specifically asked for the FBI to intervene.
“These cases must be thoroughly investigated and proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” she said.