Black Lives Matter activist, Nigerian Oluwatoyin Salau murdered in Florida
London, June 16, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Oluwatoyin Salau, a 19-year-old Nigerian-American who is a well known Black Lives Matter activist from Florida has been found murdered one week after she went missing.
Tallahassee police found the bodies of Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, along with 75-year-old Victoria Sims, on Saturday. Their deaths are being investigated as homicides.
Already, police has arrested a suspect, Aaron Glee, 49, the Tallahassee Police Department said.
Salau was last seen on June 6. Earlier that day, she’d tweeted that she was sexually assaulted.
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
Her friend Chynna Carney confirmed the Twitter account belonged to Salau.
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. CNN has reached out to Tallahassee Police to confirm Salau’s account of sexual assault and is waiting to hear back.Sims was a longtime AARP volunteer. Her family declined to comment on her deat
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
In the clip, she says he doesn’t want to divide people, but unite them against police brutality committed against black Americans.Toyin Salau was a dedicated activist and a self-taught artist, her friends said.”At the end of the day, I cannot take my f*****g skin color off,” Salau says in the clip. “Everywhere I f*****g 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 f*****g skin. You cannot take my f*****g 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 said. “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,” Carney said. “I will fight for her and for black people and people of color ’til I’m dead.”