In the early morning of July 7, officers were alerted to a disturbing and tragic event: a black man was dead, and seen hanging from a tree by a rope in Atlanta, Georgia's Piedmont Park. The male, whose name is yet to be released, was described as being between the ages of 25 and 35. 

Police reported that "there was no sign of life from the man and no sign of struggle or foul play and was consistent with a suicide." The Fulton County Medical Examiner agreed. So then why is the FBI investigating this horrific incident?

By Thursday afternoon #PiedmontParkHanging was trending on Twitter

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said that this event demands "our full attention." He released the following statement

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of a young man’s life last night in Piedmont Park. This disturbing event demands our full attention. The Atlanta Police Department (APD) is conducting a robust investigation into his death and I have asked to receive regular briefings on the status of the investigation. We have also referred the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Everything we have seen suggests that there was no foul play involved, but I want to state clearly and unequivocally that we will not prejudge the situation. APD will share all evidence discovered in the course of the investigation. We ask for the public’s support and cooperation as we work to resolve this matter."

Social media sensed that the timing of this man's death could not be coincidental after the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police.

In the early morning of July 6, Alton Sterling, 35, was shot and killed by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The following day, Philando Castile, 32, was also fatally wounded by police officers in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. Both victims were black and unarmed.

People were not buying that this man killed himself.

And then this appalling flyer started circulating the internet, which put everything into perspective. 

This flyer was found in Piedmont Park, apparently.

No one knows whether the flyer was real or a hoax, but a story published last week titled "At 150, KKK sees opportunities in US political trends," states "Klan leaders told the AP that most of today's groups remain small and operate independently, kept apart by disagreements over such issues as whether to associate with neo-Nazis, hold public rallies or wear the KKK's trademark robes in colors other than white."

In other words, the KKK is still alive and well, and, like in the old days, a man was found hanging in a park by a rope. 

People started protesting in Piedmont Park after news spread.

The FBI is now investigating the incident.

Atlanta's mayor Kasim Reed says it will be "thorough."

We will update this story as more news becomes available.