Rasheem Carter, 25, who was last seen on October 2nd, told his mother he was being chased by men in three trucks. Now he’s dead. His dismembered body was found in November. A new autopsy report shows he was murdered. The family of Rasheem Carter has called for a Department of Justice investigation after the new autopsy report.
“What this tells us is that this was a nefarious act, this was an evil act. Somebody murdered Rasheem Carter. And we cannot let them get away with this. I mean when you look at these pictures taken at the autopsy, it tells you that there’s nothing natural about this. It screams out for justice.”
-Ben Crump, lawyer for the Carter family.
Carter was last seen at a hotel in Laurel, Mississippi on October 2. A month later his dismembered decomposing body was found in a wooded area about 21 miles from where he was last seen.
Father to a six-year-old boy, Rasheem Carter, had gone to Taylorsville Police Department to seek help after he talked to his mother on the phone. Police said that they found no evidence of foul play. Police also initially denied that Rasheem had told them anything about getting harmed.
“He told them that someone was trying to harm him and I heard him when he said that but they told me that he never said someone was trying to harm him,” Rasheem’s mother, Tiffany Carter told the Vicksburg Daily News. “Little did they know I was on the phone when he said it. He told me on the phone personally that it was three white trucks full of white men.”
“To [authorities], he never seemed to be in any distress or anything and he never mentioned anything about being in immediate danger,” Smith County Sheriff Joel Houston told the Vicksburg Daily News in November.
Prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump who is representing the Carter family called the murder “an evil act.” Crump told the media: “What this tells us is that this was a nefarious act, this was an evil act. Somebody murdered Rasheem Carter. And we cannot let them get away with this. I mean when you look at these pictures taken at the autopsy, it tells you that there’s nothing natural about this. It screams out for justice.”
“He was being chased by three truckloads of people. He went to the police. They should have tried to track down who were in those trucks,” Crump told U.S. District Court.