Darren Seals, a Ferguson activist who participated in the protests that sought justice for Michael Brown Jr.’s killing, died Tuesday in North St. Louis County.
The St. Louis County Police Department said the Bureau of Crimes against Persons and Bomb and Arson Unit were summoned to assist the City of Riverview for a vehicle fire in Diamond Drive on September 6.
As reported by the St. Louis American, the subsequent investigation into the matter revealed that Seals sustained a gunshot wound before the vehicle caught fire. The incident is being treated as a homicide.
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Darren Seals: Activist participated in protests following Michael Brown Jr.’s shooting
Seals, a factory line worker and hip-hop musician, participated in the protests on Ferguson following Brown Jr.’s fatal shooting. Brown Jr. was shot by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, in August 2014.
In 2014 during the announcement that a Ferguson grand jury would not indict officer Wilson in the shooting of Brown Jr., Seals stood next to the victim’s mother.
Speaking about the emotional moment, as reported by MTV, Seals had said, “And for Mike Brown’s mother to be right there in my arms crying — she literally cried in my arms — it was like I felt her soul crying. It’s a different type of crying. I’ve seen people crying, but she was really hurt. And it hurt me. It hurt all of us.”
Seals had been outspoken about the issue of police brutality on social media. He showed support for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who decided to kneel during the playing of the national anthem.
Activists expressed sorrow over Seals’ death. See the tweets below.