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Story by Ruby Sales, Co-Director/Foundert The Spirithouse Project
This is Kody Ingham, who was 18 years old. He was found hanging from a tree in Athens, TX on Monday morning July 15, 2013. A friend from California gave me this tip, and I am on the case.
I spoke to Ray Nutt, Sheriff of Henderson County, where Athens is located. In our conversation, he confirmed the tip, that Kody Ingham was found hanging from a tree, Monday morning. Apparently, this incident took place on Sunday the day of the Zimmerman verdict. According to the Sheriff, Kody committed suicide. In telling the story he said that Kody killed himself after he left his girlfriend’s house. I asked him if the girlfriend was white. He said he did not readily know the answer and went to look it up. He came back on the phone and said she was white. He said Kody and his girlfriend went to a Rodeo where they ran into her old boyfriend. He said Kody became very upset and an argument ensued that continued when Kody went home with the nameless girlfriend (I am pursuing her name).
Kody finally told her he was leaving and she never heard from him again. The next morning she found him hanging from a tree located down her driveway. According to a family source connected to the father, Kody called his mother at two am in the morning and asked her to pick him up. She called him back; he did not answer her call.
Since this story was not reported in the newspaper, I asked a local editor of the Athens Review, why was Kody’s death was only reported as an obituary and not as a story. He said they don’t report suicides.
Of course this is very troubling since this incident happened on the heels of the George Zimmerman verdict. Moreover, the contention that Kody killed himself is an all too familiar refrain in the suspicious death of young Black men. We ran into this when we investigated the deaths of Billye Jo Johnson from Lucedale, Mississippi and Chavis Carter in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Both were dating white women and their deaths were suspicious. I suspected, before I asked the Sheriff, that the girlfriend is white. When it became very clear the girlfriend was white, the sheriff said he thought it was a suicide, but there needed to be more exploration of certain issues. If the relative’s observation is true, then the girlfriend was dating Kody and the white boyfriend at the same time, which appears to be the same case with Billye Jo Johnson and Chavis Charter.
I am in the process of trying to contact Kody’s mother and father, but am free to tell you that you may send condolences to the family at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home at www. Hannigansmith.com.