Darren Seals, a well-known activist involved in the Ferguson, Mo. protests after Michael Brown‘s death, was found shot dead inside a burning car early Tuesday morning. The news sent shock waves through Twitter with some suggesting there is some manner of foul play at hand.
The St. Louis American reports that Seals worked in a factory in town and was a Hip-Hop musician. The publication noted that Seals was a vocal proponent of justice on behalf of the slain Brown and managed to become a national figure in the process.
Since the protests in Ferguson have largely cooled, Seals’ name hasn’t been prominent in the media of late but that didn’t dull his involvement in activism. The American added that Seals recently shared a Facebook Live video in where he had a tense encounter with Ferguson police.
From the American:
Fellow activists took to social media to mourn his loss. Ashley Yates, an activist who protested in Ferguson, wrote “Darren King D Seals stood for Mike Brown and is and will always be a part of my Ferguson family. Rest in power, D.”
Carlos Ball, the brother of Cary Ball Jr., who was killed by St. Louis Police in 2013, replaced his Facebook profile picture with Seals’ profile picture, which was taken as part of the portrait series This is the Movement.
According to the St. Louis County Police Department, at approximately 1:50 a.m. on September 6, its Bureau of Crimes Against Persons and Bomb and Arson Unit were requested to assist the City of Riverview for a vehicle fire in the 9600 block of Diamond Drive.
Police say their investigation revealed that Seals suffered a gunshot wound before the car was set on fire. The incident is currently being investigated as a homicide.
On Twitter and across social media, an outpouring of grief and support has been displayed in honor of the 29-year-old activist. We’ve gathered some of the discussion below and on the following pages.
Rest in power, Darren Seals.