Darren Seals, a well-known activist that protested in Ferguson after the police shooting of Michael Brown, was found shot to death in a burning car in Riverview, Missouri.
The St. Louis County Police Department has not released a vast amount of information, but according to Uproxx, the Bureau of Crimes Against Persons unit of the PD was called at approximately 1:00 AM Wednesday, September 7, with a report of a burning car in the city 10 miles outside St Louis. The Bomb and Arson unit was then also called in, and after putting out the fire, found Seals’ body in the vehicle with a gunshot wound.
The New York Times reports that police have said Seals lived on Millburn Drive in St. Louis, which would have been approximately 12 miles from the Riverview scene. The PD is investigating Seals death as a homicide and so far, no motives are known.
Seals, whose Twitter account described him as an “Unapologetically BLACK, Afrikan in AmeriKKKa, Fighter, Leader,” was 29 years old and worked in a factory and as a musician. After police killed Michael Brown, a black teenager, in 2014, Seals become a prominent figure on twitter, live tweeting the events following, as he witnessed the aftermath, including seeing Brown’s body on the street. He soon became an extremely well-known activist in the community, both in the days following Brown’s death and in the days following the decision of the grand jury not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer responsible for Brown’s death.
The New York Times reports that Seals was once interviewde by MTV.com regarding the grand jury announcement, and called it “the ultimate slap in the face.”
“And for Mike Brown’s mother to be right there in my arms crying — she literally cried in my arms — it was like I felt her soul crying,” Seals said. “It’s a different type of crying. I’ve seen people crying, but she was really hurt. And it hurt me. It hurt all of us.”
Seals latest tweets show support for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who recently protested the National Anthem by refusing to stand for it at a game.
St. Louis County Police is asking anyone with information on the crime to come forward.
(H/T Opposing Views)