A Black man who was found hanging in Manhattan’s Fort Tyron Park on June 9 has now been identified as Dominique Alexander. According to New York Daily News, the city’s medical examiner confirmed on Tuesday (June 16) that the 27-year-old Bronx native’s cause of death has been ruled as a suicide.
Alexander’s body was discovered in the park by a pedestrian around 6 a.m. on June 9. He was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.
“We are just trying to grieve,” Alexander’s brother Keats told the outlet. “He was definitely loved by his family and his community. It’s just so much.”
A memorial site has been started outside of Alexander’s family’s home, as people reportedly leave candles and pictures of the late 27-year-old by the front of the house. Candles on a nearby sidewalk also spell out his nickname “Domo” along with a heart.
The incident closely follows reports of other Black men dying by hanging across the country, including Robert Fuller in Palmdale, California and Malcolm Harsch in Victorville, California. Harsch was discovered just 10 days after Fuller and 50 miles away.
On Tuesday (June 16), Associated Press reported that federal authorities will review the local investigations into both Fuller and Harsch’s deaths. Local officials have said that early investigations in both deaths point to suicide. However, both sheriffs have pledged to continue the investigations.
On Monday (June 15), residents voiced concerns that Fuller and Harsch could have been lynched during a town hall hosted by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. The meeting followed a protest and memorial service on Saturday (June 14), where over 1,000 people gathered near the tree that Fuller was found hanging from. Members of both Fuller and Harsch’s families have told media that they don’t believe suicide to be the cause of their deaths.
The FBI, U.S. attorney’s office in the Central District of California and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division will reportedly oversee the investigations into both deaths in Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County.
“The initial report appeared to be consistent with a suicide but we felt it prudent to roll that back and continue to look deeper,” Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jonathan Lucas said of Fuller’s death during a press conference on Monday (June 15).