Los Angeles, CA – The family of a 24-year Black man found hanging from a tree in Palmdale on Jun. 10 has announced they will seek an independent investigation and autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Robert Fuller’s family has hired attorney Jamon R. Hicks with Douglas/Hicks Law to oversee an independent investigation into Robert’s death.
Hicks continued, “To rush to the conclusion that this was a suicide and not a homicide is extremely disturbing. Especially given the manner by which Mr. Fuller was found – hanging from a tree. For African-Americans in America, hanging from a tree is a lynching. Why was this cavalierly dismissed as a suicide and not investigated as a murder?”
Hicks says that the family is asking for the independent autopsy to be paid for by the City of Palmdale.
Another Black man was found hanging from a tree on May 31. Malcolm Harsch’s lifeless body was found hanging from a tree at a homeless encampment in Victorville–less than 50 miles from where Fuller’s body was discovered two weeks later. His death was also quickly dismissed as a suicide, with authorities saying no foul play was involved.
Attorney Hicks encourages anyone with any information concerning Robert Fuller’s death to immediately contact Douglas/Hicks law firm at (323) 655-6505.