*In St. Louis, authorities are investigating the death of Darren Seals, a leader of the protests that followed the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. The body of Seals was found inside a burned car very early on Tuesday in the city of Riverview, according to KMOV-TV. Officials say he suffered a gunshot wound.
A woman who lives across the street told the station, “We were asleep and we heard this big, big boom. … The next thing we knew, it was on fire. Like, flaming.”
Seals’ remains were found after the flames were extinguished, police said. According to The New York Times, police said Seals had lived in St. Louis, about 12 miles from where the car burned. Police said they’re investigating the death as a homicide, and the motive for the killing is unknown.
On his Twitter page, Seals, 29, described himself as a “Businessman, Revolutionary, Activist, Unapologetically BLACK, Afrikan in AmeriKKKa, Fighter, Leader.”
According to the St. Louis American, Seals was a factory line worker and hip-hop musician.
That news outlet says Seals “recently uploaded a Facebook Live video sharing his own encounter with the Ferguson Police Department, saying police drew guns on him and his younger brother,” adding that, “Fellow activists took to social media to mourn his loss.”
The murder of activist Darren Seals is raising a lot of red flags. Here was a tweet he sent a couple of months ago https://t.co/ysbtM9Dm4I
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) September 7, 2016