Police have ruled the death of Taemon Blair, 21, as a suicide, however, the family suspects foul play and claims that he was lynched, reported Fox 46 Charlotte News.
“We just want him to get justice. That’s all we want. We just want to find out exactly if somebody did it who did it and why, and we want to open it back up to see,” Dee Smith, Blair’s older brother told Fox 46.
Blair died on March 16, according to police in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“The Cause of Death is Asphyxia due to Hanging, and the Manner of death is Suicide,” a statement from the Allen Country Coroner’s Office said.
“But something in my heart told me that he didn’t commit suicide. He was 6’5, I thought to myself, how could he hang himself inside of a truck when he’s so tall,” Smith said.
The news about the death caught the attention of Hip Hop artist T.I. and others on social media who are calling for a full and thorough investigation.
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Taemon Blair played piano, football, sang, wrote music, was insanely intelligent, and had the best sense of humor. A true virgo. A man of many talents. Even with all odds stacked against him, he surpassed adversity. #justicefortaemon
— jæ (@704jae1) March 20, 2019
Why would a man who was hard at work for his family and unborn child in a different state commit suicide?
More importantly, why is a black man being hung in 2019? This is every kind of fucked up, and for it to be in my own state makes it that much worse. #justiceforTaemon
— Cole Hutchcraft (@iRevrt) March 25, 2019
HE WAS LYCHED IN 2019 And the police would like to CONTROL THE NARRATIVE AND SAY IT WAS A SUICIDE. His face was black and blue and his hands wear clenched tight like he… https://t.co/AmnXrZ9A8V
— Smellzwhoyoulookinfo (@PSmellz) March 18, 2019
— Leen (@Coco__Marie) March 20, 2019
I came across this post and my heart is aching. I don’t understand. It’s 2019 and not only are things like this still happening, but they’re just being swept under the rug too. He deserves justice. #JusticeForTaemon pic.twitter.com/5aClDufdNI
— Ness (@nesssefer) March 19, 2019
Another of our young brothers being mysterious murdered by lynching. His name Taemon Blair. Please hit the link to donate for his family: https://t.co/JypW1IwsdU #JusticeForTaemon pic.twitter.com/18Lz9TVlTG
— Corey The Truth (@CoreyTruth87) March 20, 2019
— Nae✨ (@__nae_nae) March 20, 2019
— 🥀Busted Rosé🥀 (@dualitycubed) March 19, 2019
And @ShannonSharpe this is the only info from the Coroner. Their brevity is suspicious. It lacks compassion and information. #justiceforTaemon #TaemonBlair #MarchMadness #realMarchMadness pic.twitter.com/pwBl8184FT
— mark david (@markdavid_music) March 25, 2019
— Posey Bardot (@BardotPosey) March 26, 2019