FBI looking into 1965 killing of minister

March 11, 2011 7:05:00 AM PST
A family member says the FBI is looking into the case of a minister who was beaten to death in 1965 while doing civil rights work in Alabama. The Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian Universalist minister from Boston, was among a group of ministers who traveled to Alabama in response to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s invitation to join the Selma to Montgomery march. Reeb's daughter Anne says an FBI agent told family members the case is being pursued.

On March 9, Reeb and two other white ministers had just finished dinner in downtown Selma at a historically black restaurant when they were attacked by a gang of whites.

The 38-year-old Reeb died two days later. Three men charged in the killing were acquitted by an all-white jury.