A 19-year-old Black Lives Matter activist, Oluwatoyin Salau has been found dead along with 75-year-old, Victoria Sims.
Police arrested a suspect, Aaron Glee. Salau was last seen 9 days ago on June 6. Earlier that day, she’d tweeted that she was sexually assaulted.
The tweets said that Salau had left some belongings at a church where she was seeking shelter and a man who’d offered her a ride to recollect the items later molested her while she tried to sleep.
It’s unclear whether Glee is the same man Salau reported had molested her. Sims was a longtime AARP volunteer. Her family declined to comment on her death.
Carney described Salau as a sad person with the “happiest soul.”
“She was always a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.
When she started protesting with us, that was the happiest I’ve ever seen her.”
There is footage of Salau speaking at a protest in honor of Tony McDade, a trans man who was killed by Tallahassee police last month,. In the clip, she says he doesn’t want to divide people, but unite them against police brutality committed against black Americans.
“At the end of the day, I cannot take my fucking skin color off.
Everywhere I fuckingg go, I am profiled whether I like it or not… So guess what? I’m gonna die by it. I’m going to die by my fucking skin. You cannot take my fucking blackness away from me.”
Her passion endeared her to Alina Amador, a photographer who frequently recruited Salau to model for her.
“Her beauty was so radiant, and modeling for her was so effortless. She was very calm and gentle.”
Carney said her friend’s death has motivated her to fight for black women like Toyin.
“I will never stop protesting.
I will fight for her and for black people and people of color ’til I’m dead.”
Anyways I was molested in Tallahassee, Florida by a black man this morning at 5:30 on Richview and Park Ave. The man offered to give me a ride to find someplace to sleep and recollect my belongings from a church I refuged to a couple days back to escape unjust living conditions.— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
God works in mysterious ways. May this soul find peace and be rested. Oluwatoyin Salau, Say Her Name ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/KGl7Ymp6Cf— #ArrestZackriJones #Releasethetapes (@_cKrust) June 15, 2020