UPDATE: On Monday, June 15, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office withdrew their initial preliminary assessment of Robert Fuller‘s cause of death pending further investigation.
Additionally, the City of Palmdale stated in a press release that they’ve requested the State Attorney General and the FBI-Los Angeles Civil Rights division “oversee an independent and thorough investigation in the death of Robert Fuller.”
During a Monday morning news briefing, Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed that Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra and the FBI would monitor the investigation. He told reporters, per NBC News, “It is in our interest to make sure that we leave no rock unturned.”
Kim Kardashian is among a growing list of celebrities calling for an investigation into the death of a Black man found hanging from a tree in a Southern California park.
Per NBC News, authorities with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department state that the body of 24-year-old Robert Fuller was discovered by a passerby in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 10 near Palmdale City Hall. Authorities have described the case as a possible suicide, though members of Fuller’s family cast doubt on their initial findings.
“He was hanging from a tree,” county sheriff’s Capt. Ronald Schaffer said at a Friday, June 12 press conference. “Personnel from the adjacent fire station responded and determined that he had passed. Although the investigation is ongoing, it appears that Mr. Fuller has tragically died by suicide.”