A 19-year-old Black Lives Matter activist from Florida has been found dead one week after she went missing.
The 19-year-old youth leader of the Tallahassee city for the Black Lives Matter movement has been found, brutally murdered according to evidences.
Her name was Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, who was also found along with 75-year-old Victoria Sims, on Saturday.The case is being considered a one on a homicide case. Police arrested a suspect, Aaron Glee, 49, the Tallahassee Police Department said.
Salau was last seen on June 6.Earlier that day, she’d tweeted that she was sexually assaulted.
After her death, footage of Salau speaking at a protest in honor of Tony McDade, a trans man who was killed by Tallahassee police brutality only last month, has quickly traveled since her death. In the clip, she says “he doesn’t want to divide people, but unite them against police brutality committed against black Americans.”
“She had so many dreams and she never gave up,” her friend and closest colleague Mrs. Carney said. But she’d endured a tremendous amount of pain, too; Carney described her as a sad person with the “happiest soul.” And she was always a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. “When she started protesting with us, that was the happiest I’ve ever seen her,” Carney said.
In the now widely popular video, Salau is seen ranting at the top of her lungs, while emotionally appealing the protesters for empathy to the greater cause.
”At the end of the day, I cannot take my f*****g skin color off,” Salau says in the clip.“Everywhere I f*****g go, I am profiled whether I like it or not… So guess what? I’m gonna die by it. I’m going to die by my f*****g skin.
You cannot take my f*****g blackness away from me.”
Alina Amador, a photographer who frequently recruited Salau to model for her, has also put out her statements regarding her death “Her beauty was so radiant, and modeling for her was so effortless,” she said.
“She was very calm and gentle.” Carney said her friend’s death has motivated her: “I will never stop protesting,” Carney said. “I will fight for her and for black people and people of color ’til I’m dead.
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