“I know my son,” she said later. “The second I saw him I knew he couldn’t have done that to himself – it would have taken at least two men to do that to him.” Her grief was reminiscent of the reaction Till’s mother had upon viewing her son’s battered face.
Lacy’s mother had not seen him since the day before and thought he had gone off to school that morning. When she saw his football gear she thought he had gone to school and forgot it and was making plans to take the equipment to school when she was told he was not there. While the police had not mentioned the possibility of suicide, the implications was clear, according to The Guardian. For them the case was virtually settled but not for the family.