ClotheslineMINNEAPOLIS, MN — A 9-year-old boy was found hanging from a clothesline behind an abandoned home last Thursday. Minneapolis police are now calling the boy’s death suspicious and think the kids he was playing with that afternoon may know what happened.

Neighbors found the boy with a rope around his neck and hanging from a clothesline in the backyard of an abandoned home. His feet were dragging the ground, but he was already limp and unresponsive by time they were able to get him down and remove the clothesline that had been wrapped around his neck. Police and paramedics arrived on the scene within minutes, but the boy never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead Monday night.

Then next day, community activists were in the neighborhood talking to the kids. Police also interviewed people in the area, including other children they feel know what happened to the boy, who was visiting from Georgia with his family.

“It is my understanding is that he was playing with a group of kids that were 7 and 8 years old, possible some older kids. You have a 9-year-old boy who was found hanging his feet again were dragging the ground that in general is suspicious itself,” said Minneapolis Police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington.

There seems to be a lot of rumors going around regarding the boy’s death, but police are asking that the public not jump to conclusions and let investigators do their job.

“Whether it’s a homicide, suicide or an accident, something is not right and it has to be addressed and it has to be dealt with,” said neighborhood activist, Mysnikol Miller.

The Crimes Against Children Unit is handling the investigation and hope to learn more once the medical examiner determines the boy’s exact cause of death. The victim’s family has asked for privacy.

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