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Man Found Hanging From Tree in Cleveland Heights, Identified

Updated: Jun 16

Update: A GoFundMe campaign has been setup to assist in the costs associated with the funeral. Learn more or contribute here.


CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — The Cleveland Heights Police Department responded to a grim discovery this week when a body was found hanging from a tree near the intersection of Lee Road and Hyde Park Avenue, directly across from Cain Park.


The deceased, recently identified as Heights native Larry Williams, appears to have died by suicide according to preliminary investigations. “While the Medical Examiner will need to determine the cause of death, CHPD's preliminary investigation indicates...a result of suicide, not foul play", according to a post from Cleveland Heights official Facebook page.


Detectives were dispatched to the scene, and a thorough investigation is underway.


Residents and neighbors express their shock and sadness over the event, emphasizing the importance of mental health awareness in many local online forums.


Additional details will be released as they become available, authorities said.


13 Comments


Guest
Jun 26

Murder, plain and simple. You've seen the size of those trees in the park, right? Two whole days and no missing persons report? Please. Black folks don't do suicide by hanging. If someone's in that much pain, they wouldn't add traumatizing their family to the mix. And let's talk stats. Nationally, hanging is a super low percentage of suicides, but somehow 7 Black men in Ohio have managed to commit suicide by hanging since 2016. Four this year. What a crazy coincidence. So, no, we're not ignorant, and we're definitely not stupid. Something fishy is going on here.


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Guest
Jun 26

Full investigation need to be done

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Guest
Jun 19

I can't believe that people are naive . this isn't suicide no way in the world would any black man tie a loose around their neck and hang themselves from a tree and this is suppose to suicide shame on Law enforcement so History is repeating it's in the 20th century

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Jun 22
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So why can't blacks commit suicide again? Oh, cuz they be black and get their ass kissed in today's society?

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Guest
Jun 19

May he RIP. So sorry for your loss!

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Guest
Jun 18

So sorry for the family and all of his love ones..May the Lord bring comfort during this time of grief and sadness. Praying for All

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