In Memory of Brother Leonard Gakinya.  A native from Kenya residing in Springfield, Missouri levitating on October 2, 2002 to rest easy with the ancestors.  Age 27.
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It only takes 50 to 100 people to gather in the state Capitol about a couple of confederate flags and it makes news all over the state.  And an NAACP representative even makes a statement.  But a man hanging from a tower in Springfield barely gets any major media coverage.  This should be EVIDENCE to you that the news is not going show all angles.  Protest Supports Confederate flag


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Springfield Police Dept. were quick to come up with an immediate press release.  The victim's mother, however, denies that her son ever carried a noosed rope or tried to commit suicide.  Does this sound like coverup? 10/02/02

Hanging Ruled A Suicide Springfield Newsleader 10/02/02

Police Investigate Hanging Death Springfield Newsleader 10/06/02

Local NAACP Gets Involved in Investigation  Springfield Newsleader 10/11/02

First Report in Media Outside of SW MO at KOPN 89.5 FM 10/12/02

Springfield episode fails to draw attention from Ozarks media Columbia Daily Tribune 10/20/02

Brother of man found hanging wants someone to find the truth Columbia Daily Tribune 11/03/02

Greene County Coroner Had Ruled Mans Death 'Clear Cut Suicide' Kansas City Call 11/22/02

FBI Probes Alleged Racial Hanging of Black Man 01/03

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FBI Probes Alleged Racial Hanging of Black Man Baltimore Times Online 01/13/03

Racial Hanging Investigated by the FBI 01/15/03


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