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Hanging of Floridian a suicide, not lynching

MIAMI (AP) — The hanging of a black man that raised fears of a lynching in a small, rural town was a suicide, state investigators concluded Wednesday.

Feraris "Ray" Golden was found hanging from a tree in Belle Glade on May 28. Police and the medical examiner found no signs of a struggle, but rumors in the rural, farming town persisted that he had been lynched.

The state Department of Law Enforcement on Wednesday said there was no evidence that Golden's death was caused by something other than suicide.