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19-Year-Old Black Lives Matter Female Protester Found Dead

A 19-year-old black girl photographed using a megaphone to recite the names of those people killed by police, including Tony McDade of Tallahassee and George Floyd of Minneapolis has been found dead.

Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau joined a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest outside the Tallahassee police headquarters to demand justice for Black lives lost, but was later found dead leaving family members in shock.

“I don’t want their names gone in vain!” she told the crowd that had gathered around her.

It was gathered that Salau went missing exactly on June 6th, hours after tweeting about a man who she said disguised himself as a “man of God” and sexually assaulted her. Her own name began circulating online, and the hashtag #JusticeForToyin spread wide via social media. Salau’s friend, Danaya Hemphill, who saw her the day before she went missing, told the Tallahassee Democrat she “had a feeling that we were not going to find Toyin alive.”

The teen activist’s body was discovered on Saturday night, according to a news release from the Tallahassee Police Department. A suspect has been apprehended, and her death is now being investigated as a homicide.

Salau was one of two women discovered in southeast Tallahassee over the weekend. Police also found the body of retired state worker and 75-year-old grandmother Victoria Sims, who was last seen on June 11. Sims was well-known in the community for her volunteerism and work in local Democratic politics, according to the Democrat.

The suspect in both cases is 49-year-old Aaron Glee Jr, who has been taken into custody, according to the Tallahassee Police Department.

Glee has previously been arrested for violent offenses. He was reportedly arrested on charges of aggravated battery in May, after a police officer spotted him kicking a woman in the stomach. The woman told authorities they were drinking alcohol and walking down the sidewalk when she turned down his proposition for sex, according to the Democrat. Glee allegedly shoved her to the ground and began kicking her.

He was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana last year, the outlet reports, but prosecutors dropped the case.

Photo Credit: HALI TAUXE

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