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Recent lesbian suicide highlights importance of prevention

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Lisa Lawson, a Clayton County lesbian reported missing Nov. 19, was found by police deceased in her car Dec. 4.

The death shocked Atlanta’s LGBT community, who had learned of Lawson’s disappearance thanks to a media campaign created by her girlfriend, Michelle Alexander, to help find Lawson while she was missing. Less than 24 hours after the campaign went viral, Lawson was found deceased in a Wal-Mart parking lot of an apparent suicide. Investigators determined her last known location using cell tower records.

Lawson had taken her life with two self-inflicted gunshot wounds, according to a McDonough police report. She was 40 years old.

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[Updated] Media campaign launched to find missing Ga. lesbian

 Lisa Lawson

This story has been updated.

Henry County resident Lisa Lawson has been reported missing and her girlfriend, Michelle Alexander, launched a campaign to help find her at www.findlisalawson.com. 

Lawson, who is 40, was last seen Nov. 19 in Clayton County, according to the website. Her description states that she is 5'10” and 175 pounds. She is an African-American woman, last seen wearing a red Atlanta Falcons sweatshirt and black sweatpants. She was driving a green 2001 Chevrolet Suburban (tag PAN 6028) after taking her daughter to work.

Alexander told GA Voice she and Lawson have been together for about five months. They have known each other for four years, she added.

“I really don't know. The family and I have tried to ponder,” Alexander said. “There were some text messages sent to me and some family members telling us that she loved us very much and then she disappeared. We don't know if she ran away. We don't know if she's in a ditch somewhere. We just don't know.”

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Clayton Sheriff hires fired Eagle raid officers

The Clayton County sheriff has hired two of the former Atlanta Police Department officers who were fired in the aftermath and investigations of the botched and unconstitutional Eagle raid, according to a report by WSB TV.

Clayton Sheriff Kem Kimbrough told WSB reporter Mark Winne he had no worries about hiring former APD Sgt. Willie Adams and Officer Cayenne Mayes. APD Chief George Turner fired the two men for lying during an in investigation of the 2009  raid on the gay bar.