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An Alabama State University student who went missing for 5 days has been found dead. The body of Adam "Belle" Dowdell Jr. was found behind a church on the 800 block of Hutchinson Street about 2:45 p.m Monday.

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Dowdell, 22, graduated from Montevallo High School, where he played on the boys football team. He was a second-year student majoring in physical education at Alabama State University in downtown Montgomery.

Dowdell left his dorm around 8 p.m. Tuesday to get money from an ATM, but his friends say he never returned.

His mother, Toya Cohill, says Dowdell did not have a car on campus. She said he and a friend went to get cash from an ATM machine.

Cohill said she last spoke to her son on Monday, and his siblings spoke with him the following day. But on Wednesday, she got messages from friends saying he hadn't returned to his dorm and no one had heard from him.

"I've slept three hours a day," Cohill said. Cohill and relatives made the 70-mile trip to Montgomery from the Alabaster area, where Dowdell is from.

He left his backpack and cell phone charger in his room and his relatives were unable to track his phone because the battery was dead.

Montgomery police Capt. Saba Coleman said the circumstances of Dowdell's death are under investigation. No other information was released and there are no suspects.

ASU President Quinton T. Ross Jr. released a statement on Monday.

"We all had hoped for a different outcome," Ross said. "Losing a student is always difficult, and the Hornet Nation is in mourning over his death. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with Adam’s mother and the rest of his family and friends as they face this tragic loss."

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 334-215- STOP, Secret Witness at 334-625-4000 or Montgomery Police at 334-625-2831.

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The half-brother of Robert Fuller, the 24-year-old Black man who was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, Calif. last week, was shot dead by Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriffs on Wednesday.

Terron Boone was fatally shot by deputy sheriffs around 4:30 p.m. in a parking lot in Rosemond (Kerne County), about 20 miles north of Palmdale.

A shootout occurred as sheriff's attempted to pull over a car that Boone was a passenger in.

Police allege that Boone opened fire on the deputies who returned fire. The woman driver was shot in the chest. She was treated for a gunshot wound at a local hospital and released late Wednesday, police say.

A 7-year-old girl was also in the car but she was uninjured, according to reports.

Boone faced multiple charges of assault, domestic violence, criminal threats and kidnapping, according to the LA Times.

Fuller was discovered hanging from a tree in front of Palmdale City Hall in Poncitlán Square around 3:39 a.m. Friday, June 12.

Authorities initially said Fuller committed suicide, but a Los Angeles coroner walked back the suicide theory.

A full investigation is underway into the case.

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Police will investigate the death of Robert Fuller, a 24-year-old Black man, who was found hanging from a tree in Southern California early Friday.

Fuller was found hanging in a park in front of Palmdale City Hall in Poncitlán Square around 3:39 a.m.

Authorities initially believed Fuller committed suicide. The body showed no signs of a struggle and the scene was undisturbed, which would have indicated others hoisted his body into the tree.

But Fuller’s sister, Diamond Alexander insisted her brother was not suicidal.

Sheriff's Captain Ron Shaffer said homicide detectives are now investigating the circumstances leading to his death to determine if foul play was involved.

The news comes after police confirmed a second Black man was found hanging from a tree on May 31 in Victorville - about 45 miles east of Palmdale.

San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller said foul play was not suspected in Harsch's death.

Harsch, 38, was found hanging from a tree near the Victorville City Library.

On Saturday, hundreds of protesters gathered under the tree where Fuller's body was found.

After placing a memorial with balloons and flowers, the crowd marched from the park to the sheriff's station. Many carried signs that read "Justice for Robert Fuller."

More than 100,000 people signed an online petition demanding a full investigation into Fuller's death.
 

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Tyler Perry's family members are mourning the death of his nephew, who hanged himself in his prison cell on Tuesday night.

The family is demanding answers after the actor and director's nephew, Gavin Porter, committed suicide at a prison facility near St. Helena Parish in Louisiana.

Prison officials insist the 26-year-old inmate hanged himself in his cell, according to TMZ, but Perry's sister, who is the dead man's mom, isn't convinced he took his own life.

Sources tell TMZ Porter was placed in solitary confinement after fighting with another inmate over the weekend.

Gavin was arrested for shooting and killing his biological father in 2016. He pleaded no contest to manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years.

Perry has yet to comment on the family tragedy.

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