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38-Year-Old Man Found Hanged in Tree in Ohio, Authorities Call It a Suicide


Authorities in Beachwood, Ohio suspect no foul play in the death of a man found hanging in a tree.

According to a news release from the Beachwood Police Department, the man’s body was discovered May 20 around 8 p.m. in a wooded area near Richmond Road and Park East Drive.

Cleveland.com reports that a passerby contacted authorities about the body. Per the news release, the male was later identified as 38-year-old Lenin John Torres-Sepulveda of Atlanta, Georgia. Police say the victim had been staying at a local hotel.

So far, investigators have ruled the death a suicide. Not everyone is convinced though.

A Facebook user named “Your Business Needs LLC” posted the graphic photo of the man in the tree with the caption “Body of an Atlanta, Georgia Black Male Found Hanging in Beachwood, OH. Still think it’s a game? They Claim ‘Suicide.’ ”

The man seen in the photo is not confirmed to be the victim.

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59 thoughts on “38-Year-Old Man Found Hanged in Tree in Ohio, Authorities Call It a Suicide

  1. Where are the facts? Actual evidence of foul play?

  2. how come this story made the Atlanta Black Star but there isn't any kind of traffic surrounding this topic?

  3. Im here in Cleveland and I only recently heard. Obviously the law enforcement is being aided by media to play it down.

  4. Adam Herrera says:

    because it's most likely fake to incite riots/race wars. Think about it. No name, no mention of family, no actual quotes. Even when a white officer murders a black man their names are all over the news.

  5. Misty B. says:

    There is also another story that says he's 24, was found by a principal at the school, and it happened in 2014. #so

  6. Eric Minor says:

    Look at the pic. Foul Play is clear. Its impossible for this person to hoist himself that high off the ground without being assisted (hence foul play). There is no object in the pic that indicates he used it to stand on.

  7. Adam Herrera why would it be fake if it's also on cleveland.com?

  8. Eric Minor, if there is evidence of a lynching, I certainly will not deny it, but I honestly don't know what you mean. The picture is not entirely clear, but it appears to me there are several ways he could have hanged himself here. For example, there's a branch not two feet from his feet that he could have stepped off from.

  9. Adam Herrera I've been thinking the same thing. I've been checking around and I found that there was a hanging similar to this in the same city of Ohio in June, 2011. Something's fishy. I hope it's not fake. Things like that really discredit the validity of civil rights movements.

  10. Emily Knesek says:

    Actually, that was a different man.. #so

  11. Eric Minor says:

    Clearly this is not a suicide. There is no way he could have hoisted himself that high off the ground without an assist. This is why Cops can be the worst. They are willfully being derelict in doing their job.

  12. Adam Herrera says:

    Tara Simpson simply because something is "posted" does not make it true LOL. How many people have seen youtube videos thinking it was real only to find out 7 yrs, even months from it, it was faked or that the reporters purposefully misreported the events.

  13. VKay Mehta says:

    Well – there we go… "Let's make America great — again!" RIGHT! SMH.

  14. Adam Herrera says:

    Eric Minor how do you know? This could be a still from a video for a music video, movie, low budget film etc.

  15. Tekay Buss says:

    Adam Herrera "the male was later identified as 38-year-old Lenin John Torres-Sepulveda of Atlanta, Georgia"

  16. Tara Simpson says:

    Eric Minor They said the photo is not confirmed to be the victim.

  17. Jessie Pollard Actually Jesse i hope it is fake and am surprised anyone would wish this was real? I dont think if it's fake it will discredit anything other than the website reporting it, but if it's real this could open a whole other can of worms.

  18. Adam Herrera says:

    Melanie Slocumb carnal knowledge could also be taking 3 media news sources as "full proof" that it's actually happened.

  19. Tim Kelly says:

    This is NOT FAKE, it's REAL! White people are STILL Lynching our people by the Gun, The Rope, and The Justice System! Then look at what it says above the picture, it actually says "The man seen in the photo is not confirmed to be the victim." REALLY? So we have yet ANOTHER Lynched Black Man huh? Did they realize what they just proved by making that statement?

  20. Tim Kelly says:

    All of these White Folks who keep Downplaying this do it simply because of SHAME and 'Cognitive Dissonance"! YES YOU WHITE CRACKKKERS ARE STILL THE SAME AS YOUR DAMN ANCESTORS, a bunch of freaken DEVILS!!! I'll be glad when your day of RETRIBUTION comes, because it's coming, BELIEVE IT! Don't be Fooled, thinking your History will go unpunished by God Yahweh!

  21. Adam Herrera says:

    Tim Kelly so what do you say to all the black people murdering other blacks, murdering whites, murdering asians, shooting eachother? Every race has bad apples yet you want to sit there and act holy and call everyone else devils. LOL the irony.

  22. How did he get into the tree? Folks need to quit playing?

  23. Adam Herrera says:

    Emily Knesek this is my point, so many stories with little evidence to show anything actually happened. It's truly sad if it did happen, however nothing has been shown to convince me it has.

  24. I live in Cleveland and know that particular area very well. It happened

  25. Adam Herrera Well if you dont think it happened then investiogate on ur own to get ur won answers. all you gotta do is contact the Cuyahoga County coroner's office and get the autopsy report. it's public record and should be available by now. You can also get a copy of his death certificate, since that is also public record.

  26. Scott Black I feel sorry for you you're probably a racist due to your racist upbringing that only really hate themselves for what that can't be I feel sorry for your kids growing up in a house of hate and weren't you the one saying it was a suicide but you weren't there either right you definitely bring your own meaning to ignorant

  27. Scott Black look back through history WHITE people taught African Americans to hate themselves and other separated us abused us raped our women killed our men put us against each other belittled us took our power and still suppress us to this day so sorry if we have some metal catching to do

  28. Adam Herrera beat it adam

  29. How did he get into that tree Scott Black? The burden of proof does not lie with us but you who hate Black people?

  30. He did not think himself into that tree or do mental telepathy. Stop with the lies about the murder of this Black man!

  31. In a way, you could say that the shoe is now on the others foot, as it was that white people didnt trust or like black people ,,now its that black people dont trust or somewhat like white people,,but that is literally what white people created and many still feel that way today and I'm sure you know that!! centuries of abuse torture and death is still there, as it is still with the original natives of this country!!

  32. *yawn* you guys make my head hurt

  33. Jeff Saubert says:

    Seems like only the least intelligent people are responding to my comments. Guess when you want that racial crutch, you lean on it heavy.

  34. Jeff Saubert FRANKLY, YOU JUST MADE YOUR POINT FROM YOUR VERY FIRST STATEMENT!! AND YOU STILL KNOW NOTHING OF THE ISSUE AT HAND NOR DO YOU REALLY CARE!!

  35. Mary Lewis says:

    DOES HIS WIFE WEAR A HOOD AND A SHEET? THAT SURE LOOKED LIKE A NEAT SUICIDE. THE KKK STILL RIDES, ONLY THEY PROBABLY CAME IN CARS TO DRAG HIM OUT TO LYNCH HIM. IS HIS WIFE WHITE? IS THAT WHY THEY LYNCHED HIM?

  36. Johnnie Henderson

  37. If there's no suicide note, then it's suspicous, period.

  38. said the murder didn't exist; he found hanging
    covering a situation like this they not Playing
    just to be sure about justice they not paying
    hoping to send niggas back to church to do they praying

    But can't even find a building safe for you to pray in
    for some KKK come kick the door and get to spraying
    yes indeed it's the craziest of situations
    when we just write about it but forget to put the brother's name in

    RIP

  39. The only shifting of the blame I see here is you guys assuming a white guy did it. No evidence to back that up, but actually evidence to the contrary. Have you heard the story of crying wolf?

  40. MW Nelson says:

    Lashonda Joseph If you have some real input to a post, your FACTS go far further than mere insults. It simply shows your intellectual level and proves nothing. I know I'm asking for a lot here but really insults ARE the last refuge of the out argued and unable to prove their case. Lets see a little more maturity please.

    "Personal insults are the last refuge of the intellectual coward." ~Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

  41. MW Nelson says:

    Melanie Slocumb

    "Personal insults are the last refuge of the intellectual coward." ~Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

  42. Ken Brylski says:

    Scott Black Do you see the damn branches? Are you serious…. The guy did not climb those flimsy branches, and jump off.

  43. Tim Kelly What proof do you have yourself? Were you an investigator for this case? If so, I'll listen. There is no side that anybody else can take, until the facts are presented. My people include everybody on this planet; assholes and saints, we're all stuck on this orb together. Your current way of thinking is harmful. Peace be with you though, and RIP to the victim. May justice be served if foulplay was the cause.

  44. MW Nelson says:

    Tim Kelly can you please use proper American english so people will understand your intelligence, please?

  45. Ini Ojo says:

    Jeff Saubert you dont get a pat on the back or a a gold star for assisting in stoping slavery.

  46. I see that the words, "the man seen in the photo is not confirmed to be the victim" mean nothing to a lot of people here. there's no proof this is even the man being referred to in this article!!!

  47. I see that the words, "the man seen in the photo is not confirmed to be the victim" means nothing to a lot of people here. there's no proof this is even the man being referred to in this article!!!

  48. I see that the words, "the man seen in the photo is not confirmed to be the victim" means nothing to a lot of people here. there's no proof this is even the man being referred to in this article!!!

  49. I see that the words, "the man seen in the photo is not confirmed to be the victim" means nothing to a lot of people here. there's no proof this is even the man being referred to in this article!!!

  50. yeah. because people who commit suicide ALWAYS leave a note.

    NOT

  51. So you wont continue to update!?

  52. Are you saying that justifies his being murdered?

  53. Chelle Belle says:

    His wife is begging people to stop. Her husband killed himself… he made this choice on his own. He texted her pictures of himself with the rope around his neck letting her know he was killing himself… she wants people to stop turning his death into a public mess. She is BEGGING people to stop. She said her husband suffered from depression for a long time and was having a lot of issues in his life. He worked for the circus and they were in that town at the time he chose to kill himself.

  54. Chelle Belle says:

    His wife is begging people to stop. Her husband killed himself… he made this choice on his own. He texted her pictures of himself with the rope around his neck letting her know he was killing himself… she wants people to stop turning his death into a public mess. She is BEGGING people to stop. She said her husband suffered from depression for a long time and was having a lot of issues in his life. He worked for the circus and they were in that town at the time he chose to kill himself.

  55. Chelle Belle says:

    His wife is begging people to stop. Her husband killed himself… he made this choice on his own. He texted her pictures of himself with the rope around his neck letting her know he was killing himself… she wants people to stop turning his death into a public mess. She is BEGGING people to stop. She said her husband suffered from depression for a long time and was having a lot of issues in his life. He worked for the circus and they were in that town at the time he chose to kill himself.

  56. Chelle Belle says:

    His wife is begging people to stop. Her husband killed himself… he made this choice on his own. He texted her pictures of himself with the rope around his neck letting her know he was killing himself… she wants people to stop turning his death into a public mess. She is BEGGING people to stop. She said her husband suffered from depression for a long time and was having a lot of issues in his life. He worked for the circus and they were in that town at the time he chose to kill himself.

    I also would like to point out that most people who commit suicide do not leave a note.

  57. Chelle Belle says:

    His wife is begging people to stop. Her husband killed himself… he made this choice on his own. He texted her pictures of himself with the rope around his neck letting her know he was killing himself… she wants people to stop turning his death into a public mess. She is BEGGING people to stop. She said her husband suffered from depression for a long time and was having a lot of issues in his life. He worked for the circus and they were in that town at the time he chose to kill himself.

  58. Chelle Belle Point was the ARTICLE needs updating. Leaving it is unethical.

  59. Eric Minor says:

    This is a murder. Black men do not commit suicide via hanging. It's ridiculous to assert he climbed that particular tree type and jumpedal off. Only true idiots would suggest otherwise

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