Activist Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, who participated in the recent marches against racism and police brutality in Tallahassee, the capital of Florida, was found dead after being reported missing since June 6.
The body of Salau, 19, was found last Saturday along with that of another woman, Victoria Sims, 75, apparently also an activist, the Tallahassee Police said in a statement Monday.
On June 6, the activist published on her Twitter that she had been “molested” in Tallahassee by a black man who offered to take her to find her a place to sleep and to collect her belongings from the church that had given her shelter.
In several messages, the young woman who was assaulted, who called the police and who escaped.
Salau joined the Black Lives Matter marches, in which he recited the names of black men killed by white police officers, including George Floyd, as seen in several videos.
“I don’t want their names to go in vain,” Salau said during a protest in front of the Tallahassee Police Department in May.
The death of Floyd, who was suffocated by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, sparked a wave of protests across the country that have continued for the past three weeks and have crossed borders.
Tallahassee Police said they found the two bodies last Saturday while investigating the activist’s disappearance.
She also reported the arrest of a suspect, Aaron Glee Jr., 49, who had already been arrested last May on charges of aggravated assault on a woman and released on $ 2,500 bail.
Authorities, however, did not detail the relationship between the two women.
On the other hand, this Sunday, Giovanni Franchesko Fernández, 38, suspected of having burned a police vehicle during the Miami protests, died this weekend in the hospital where he was taken by the police before the FBI gave to publicly know their alleged participation in the incidents.