Appeal for Action in Marc Thompson’s Murder Case

On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, StirFry Seminars & Consulting's beloved friend and colleague, Marc Thompson, was found dead in his burning car 25 miles northeast of Oroville, CA, in Butte County. His case is being treated as a homicide and the fire thought to be ‘human caused’. (See Oroville Mercury-Register "Foul play suspected in death of Chico State student found in torched vehicle").

Marc, a respected and engaged Black community leader, activist and student at Cal State University- Chico, recently appeared in StirFry Seminars & Consulting’s documentary film, If These Halls Could Talk, directed by Lee Mun Wah.

This case parallels several other local deaths, in particular the Butte County murder in 2013 of three Black victims: Colleen Lowe, her son Roland, and his friend Richard Jones, all found shot to death also in a burning car. (See Sacramento Bee, "Butte County authorities tentatively ID homicide victims from Sacramento").

More recently, on May 24, 2014, the scorched remains of Russian-born Marat Magdeev were found in a walnut orchard south of Hamilton City. Detectives believe flammable liquid was poured over the body and ignited in an effort to destroy evidence (See Oroville Mercury-Register "Glenn, Butte detectives continue homicide investigations after two men found burned").

There are many unanswered questions in our friend Marc Thompson’s case as well as the others, such as, “Are these possible hate crimes? Are the public and Marc’s family being fully informed by the police? Are the multiple similar cases linked by a single killer or group?” We are invested in a thorough and transparent investigation and in justice being served for Marc. Although Marc had a strong community presence, we are concerned that, without community persistence, a murdered Black man will not get the attention his life (and death) deserve. As Lee Mun Wah said, “We will not let his life go unnoticed.” We offer our true condolences to Marc’s family and any support they could use.

StirFry Seminars & Consulting is a diversity training company, providing cross-cultural communication training for educational, government, corporate and social service agencies, in hopes of promoting authentic and healthy relationships. The company also makes diversity training materials such as documentary films (The Color of Fear) and books (The Art of Mindful Facilitation).

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