Throughout the country, the disturbing trend of hanging deaths has sadly continued recently in Texas. A Houston man was found hanging from a tree outside a store and authorities are claiming that his cause of death was an apparent suicide.
Outside a store in the Shady Acres neighborhood, a Hispanic man was found dead earlier today after his body was discovered hanging from a tree as shown in initial reports from the Houston police. At approximately 9:05AM in the 2500 block of Ella Boulevard, south of Interstate 610 North, the unidentified man’s body was found hanging outside the store, police said.
It can be seen that the victim’s body is hanging from the tree as police and emergency vehicles swarm the scene in the highly disturbing video of the discovery.
Many were convinced initially that the man was black when the video quickly spread on social media. Authorities, however, said that the only physical determination they can make at this time is that he was a Hispanic man.
The concern is because two recent hanging victims, Robert Fuller and Malcolm Harsch both from California, were black men.
Houston police and homicide detectives are currently investigating the man’s death, but they do not suspect foul play. Additionally, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said that the man’s family members indicated he was suicidal.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences will determine his identity and official cause of death.