A grim discovery earlier this week in California has sparked a demand in answers from protestors who are already entrenched in a battle against racial injustice. In the city of Palmdale, Black man Robert Fuller was found hanging from a tree near City Hall and an investigation has been launched to determine if foul play was at the root.
As reported by LAist, Fuller, 24, was found hanging from a tree in a park near the city hall early Wednesday morning. A lieutenant with the Palmdale sheriff’s department told the publication that their initial findings are pointing to suicide but outside observers are not convinced.
“From initial investigation of the scene and everything we’ve recovered, all signs right now lead us to believe this was a suicide,” the lieutenant said. “Without going into too much detail, it doesn’t appear there was any sign of a fight or struggle.”
Fuller’s sister, Diamond Alexander, has used Facebook to get out the word regarding her brother’s mysterious death and has launched a GoFundMe to help with memorial efforts.
Sadly, Alexander had to issue a statement via her Facebook page that a number of heartless individuals are attempting to capitalize on fundraising efforts and have created fake GoFundMe pages. Alexander set a $100,000 goal via GoFundMe and has exceeded that amount with the most recent tally in at $148,000.
On Twitter, the hashtag #RIPRobertFuller has been trending over the course of Saturday morning with some sharing footage of peaceful gatherings at the site of Fuller’s death, calling the incident an alleged lynching. Alexander, who currently lives in Arizona, has vowed to remain vigilant and will return to the park in protest.
to everybody that's been protesting in LA. Palmdale is an hour away but also a WORLD away. Palmdale has a lotta dorks (read: WHITE SUPREMACISTS).— JONAH RAY RODRIGUES (@jonahray) June 13, 2020
Show them this shit isn't okay.
Show them that anti-racsim can come to THEIR town.
CALL OUT THE DORKS.#RIPROBERTFULLER pic.twitter.com/ji8CmjDYbF
Peaceful protest held today for a young Black man in Palmdale, CA who was found dead, hanging from a tree.— Trending Liberal (@TrendingLiberal) June 13, 2020
Police claimed suicide & dropped the case. 😡
This should be all over national television!
RT with hashtag to make it trend.👇#RIPROBERTFULLER pic.twitter.com/EDSyCEYeAv
https://t.co/dHdHqnLbjB— Rick (@Asmodai541) June 13, 2020
I'm sorry, a young black man is found hanged, from a tree, next to a city hall... NOW... and the first thought is suicide, after less than a day of investigation?#RIPRobertFuller
What black people in 2020 hangs themselves with a rope on a public tree????? In 2020?? Public suicides are TYPICALLY done by jumping off a bridge or off a roof top but a public hanging.....we are not stupid.....#RIPRobertFuller— Ki🌸 (@ki_yvonne) June 13, 2020
Seriously what is wrong with this fucking country #RIPRobertFuller— Adrastos (@Adrastos_x) June 13, 2020
I really hope they don’t do Robert Fuller like they did Kendrick Johnson. We all know damn well Black people don’t commit suicide by hanging themselves from a tree. This whole story sounds fishy af #RIPRobertFuller #JusticeforRobertFuller #BlackLivesMatter— PRSPR (@PRSPR19) June 13, 2020