NPR logo

Louisiana City's Mayor-Elect Found Dead

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/6717413/6717414" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Louisiana City's Mayor-Elect Found Dead

Louisiana City's Mayor-Elect Found Dead

Louisiana City's Mayor-Elect Found Dead

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/6717413/6717414" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Gerald Washington, who was to be the first black mayor of Westlake, La., was found dead of a gunshot wound on Saturday. The local coroner has ruled the mayor-elect's death a suicide, but Washington's family questions that finding. Eric Cormier, a reporter with the Lake Charles American Press, talks with Madeleine Brand.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.