Malcolm Harsch Wiki – Malcolm Harsch Biography
Malcolm Harsh is a black man whose body was found hanging from a tree in Victorville, California. His family members are raising concerns about his death.
Malcolm Harsch Age
He was 38 years old as of his death
Malcolm Harsch Background
He was from Ohio, moved to California 14 years ago and, according to his sister, “loved doing tattoos, he was very artistic.”
According to Harsch’s Facebook page, he wrote, “I am who i am” and said he lived in Victorville and was from Cincinnati. His most recent post was May 25, but it’s been removed or privatized. That same day he shared a picture of chocolates molded into tools as a possible Father’s Day gift. He shared a graphic with a phrase from Maya Angelou, “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”
On May 21, he wrote, “Out to move a bag or two plus is the motive today and so forth…. Heavyweights may fall but get up can’t let the weight of the world weigh us down….. And to my baby disregard my post earlier you should know better than to believe that I would do such … Love you.” That same day, he also wrote, “How you expect me to respect you when you don’t have no respect for yourself.”
On March 22, he wrote, “My apologies for the late post but I’d like to wish the love of my life a Happy 41st birthday….love you baby …be there soon 😘😘😘😘😘.” On March 1, he wrote, “Been 14 yrs and some change since I moved from my home Ohio haven’t seen one person from back home since… Siblings…kids my dad and many others until yesterday when my lil brother … pulled up on me… Although it may have only been a 20-30 minutes of seeing lil bro it felt good to have a close family member pull up on me….. Love you lil bro…. For the few years they got you stationed out here we gone bond like neither one of us vacated Ohio.”
In January, he wrote, “Beginning today I will have hand crafted valentines day cards for sale $5 and up as well as Kobe Bryant murals/collages poster board size from $75+ taking special orders as well… Hmu serious inquiries only.”
In one post, he wrote that he had a daughter and grandson. In 2019, he wrote, “Top of the day world …. before I partake in any activities today allow me to take a second to wish my twins Marquees and Taquee a happy 2nd birthday. ….Daddy loves yall to the moon and beyond boundaries. …Happy birthday my lil men.”
Malcolm Harsch Death, Murder
Some are drawing parallels between Harsch’s death and that of a second black man, Robert Fuller, 24, who was also found hanging from a tree in the same state, according to BET.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Harsch’s body “was found hanging from a tree near the Victorville City Library,” but the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said “foul play was not suspected in his death.” ABC7 reported that Harsch’s body was found “near a homeless encampment.”
The Victor Valley News reported that on May 31, 2020, at about 7 a.m., the Victorville City Fire Department “was dispatched to the Victorville City Library at 15011 Circle Drive where they discovered 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch deceased nearby.”
According to the news site, on June 13, the sheriff’s department said the investigation was still active but foul play was not suspected. “There were no indications at the scene that suggested foul play; however, the cause and manner of death are still pending,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller told Victor Valley News, which added that Harsch’s body was “found hanging in a tree in Victorville.”
The New York Times reported that the Victorville Fire Department “found bystanders performing CPR on Mr. Harsch when it arrived at the scene” and tried to “restore Harsch’s heartbeat” but couldn’t do so.
Malcolm Harsch Death Change.org petition
A Change.org petition calling for further investigation into Harsch’s death has gained more than 19,000 signatures.
“Malcolm Harsch was a 38-year-old black man found hanging from a tree in Victorville, California near Victorville City Library on May 31, 2020, around 7 A.M. His death is getting little to no news coverage by local news, the article on his death was published 2 weeks later on June 13th, and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said foul play is not suspected in his death,” the petition begins.
During such a heightened time with the Black Lives Matter movement, there is reason to believe that Malcolm’s death was a lynching. His family has said in a released statement ‘his cause of death has not been released to the family yet but we are concerned that his death will be labeled as a suicide, as this is what was communicated to us upon confirmation of his death on the morning of June 1st. Amidst the current racial tension and following the protesting the night prior to his body being discovered we were truly troubled to learn of his passing particularly of how his body was discovered. He is an African-American man whose body was found hanging from a tree! The deputy who called to confirm his death asked questions about drug or alcohol use, he made a statement about how the coronavirus has ‘it people really hard’ and said that a USB cord was used to hang himself.’Furthermore, despite the investigation being active, the Sheriff’s department stating that there is no suspected foul play, doesn’t seem plausible as the family has stated, ‘As most of us are in Ohio, we weren’t able to physically go to the location where he was found dead but did speak to a few people who were around at the time of the discovery. We were told that his 6 foot 3 inches long body wasn’t even dangling from the tree. There was blood on his shirt but there didn’t appear to be any physical implications at the scene to suggest that there was a struggle or any visible open wounds at that time. His body sat at the San Bernardino County Coroner for 12 days before an autopsy was performed. We understand that Victorville is a small city and have been reminded regularly that San Bernardino is very busy (as if we aren’t patient enough for necessary answers) but feel that our brother’s death will be waived off as a suicide to avoid any further media attention. Malcolm had very recent conversations with his children about seeing them soon. He didn’t seem to be depressed to anyone who truly knew him. EVERYONE who knew our brother was shocked to hear that he allegedly hung himself and don’t believe it to be true as well as the people who were there when his body was discovered. The explanation of suicide does not seem plausible.
The petition concludes: “We demand the San Bernardino’s County Sheriff’s Department, and the Cities of Victorville and San Bernardino to conduct a full, thorough investigation into Malcom’s death. We demand justice to be served for Malcolm and his loved ones.”
Malcolm Harsch Death Investigations
Authorities say they believe Fuller’s death was a suicide and that they don’t believe foul play was involved in Harsch’s, but some are not convinced. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced June 12 that homicide investigators are still looking into Fuller’s death, although they believe he committed suicide. The cause and manner of death for Harsch had not yet been released as of June 13.
Malcolm Harsch Dead Body Found
The bodies of Harsch and Fuller were found about 50 miles apart. Fuller was found hanging in Palmdale, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, on June 12. Harsch was found dead in Victorville on May 31. He was 38 years old.
Sue Jones, the public information officer for the City of Victorville, told The New York Times: “We grieve for Malcolm’s family and extend our deepest condolences. Malcolm Harsch’s life mattered.”
Anyone with information about this incident “is urged to call Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500,” the release says.