Family Demands Justice For Rasheem Carter After Authorities Find 3rd Set Of Remains
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump and the family of 25-year-old Rasheem Carter have been notified that a third set of remains found February contained a DNA match to Carter, WLBT reported.
Carter went missing in rural Mississippi in October after twice telling the Taylorsville Police Department about the group of white men in pickup trucks who were chasing him, Crump wrote for MSNBC. The last image of Carter, caught on a hunting video, shows him partially dressed and “running for his life,” his mother said.
On November 2, 2022, Carter’s skeletal remains were found dismembered and scattered in the woods near the Taylorsville Police Department. His skull was severed in half. Despite the disturbing state of his corpse and the threats he shared in a police report prior to his death, local police have dismissed foul play.
In February, a third set of Carter’s remains were located and his family was only informed about the remains late last month via email, according to a statement by Crump’s law firm. The family, Crump, and protestors have had enough.
“The family of Rasheem Carter, while still deep in grief, is being denied adequate information and closure from the Mississippi officials overseeing this case,” the statement read.
“From the beginning of this case, the family has been misled. At first, when the first of Rasheem’s remains were discovered with his head decapitated from his body, officials told the family that it was animals that killed Rasheem. Then, officials admitted that they believed he was murdered.”
MEDIA ALERT: @AttorneyCrump & Rasheem Carter’s family have issued a statement in response to Mississippi Crime Lab officials notifying the family that a 3rd set of remains, found Feb. 23, contained a DNA match to Rasheem. His family will hold a protest to demand justice. pic.twitter.com/iKW4T0Jhrk
— Ben Crump Law, PLLC (@BenCrumpLaw) April 26, 2023
“Now, it is unacceptable that the family had to find out through an email that more of Rasheem’s remains were found, and still, they haven’t been told any other information, been offered a meeting with officials, or received his remains,” Crump continued.
“They continue to be stonewalled at every turn. This family just wants to find out what happened to Rasheem and say their goodbyes—they ask that the additional remains be returned to them so that they can lay him to rest.”
“There should be no doubt that this was an act of murder, a hate crime—and a Mississippi lynching,” Crump said.
“But the Taylorsville Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations continue to ignore the cold, hard facts and railroad the family at every turn.”