19-Year-Old Protester Oluwatoyin Salau Found Dead in Tallahassee
Oluwatoyin Salau, a protester who went missing on the 6th of June, has been found dead in Tallahassee, Florida.
Salau’s family and friends confirmed her death today, June 15, via a report from the Tallahassee Democrat.
Danaya Hemphill, a friend of Toyin said she had seen the 19-year-old activist just one day before she went missing.
“Toyin was very passionate,” Hemphill said about her friend. “She was very vocal. She was very loving, very spiritual, very caring. Toyin, she was like a light in a dark room. That was Toyin.”
Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau
Rest in Power Angel 💔 #JusticeForToyin after tweeting about her sexual assault she went missing for several days and her body was recently found. She was only 19. pic.twitter.com/4uAlVsAVHK
— Shari ✨ (@shariauna_) June 15, 2020
Shortly before going missing, Salau had tweeted about being sexually assaulted. In a tweet dated June 6, the same day she was last seen.
She said she had been “molested in Tallahassee, Florida” by a person “disguised as a man of God.” Toyin Salau said she had sought refuge at a church in the area as a way of escaping her “unjust living conditions.”
Tallahassee Police Department has now confirmed that Salau was one of two homicide victims whose bodies were discovered on Saturday, 13th of June. 49-year-old, Aaron Glee Jr. has been arrested in connection with both cases.
Many have reacted to this horrific incident. Toyin was very active in fighting and speaking for the Black Lives Matter Movement. She was last seen at the ground where she was protesting.
“It’s not that all lives don’t matter, but right now our lives matter,” Salau was filmed telling the crowd at a recent protest, as seen in the video below. “Black lives matter. Black trans lives matter. Trans lives matter. Because, guess what? We’re all minorities. But right now, let’s focus on the person that got killed. Tony McDade was a black trans man. We are doing this for him. We are doing this for our brothers and our sisters who got shot. But we’re doing this for every black person because, at the end of the day, I can’t take my fucking skin color off. I can’t mask this shit, okay? Everywhere
Oluwatoyin Salau shared a vulnerable story on here about being sexually assaulted by a man who offered her a ride to church. Right after that she went missing and days later her body was found along with another woman.. Toyin went hard for us and we need to do the same for her. pic.twitter.com/udQ53yQecj
— Six Lanes (@sixlanesent) June 15, 2020
The murder of Tallahassee, Fla., protester Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, 19, and 75-year-old AARP volunteer Victoria Sims is beyond tragic. A suspect is in custody. Awaiting details on this. #RolandMartinUnfiltered
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) June 15, 2020
activist Oluwatoyin Salau was missing since June 6, after disturbing tweets detailing a sexual assault that had taken place that day. it has been reported that her body has been found. WHAT HAPPENED TO TOYIN? SAY HER NAME #JusticeforToyin pic.twitter.com/76PM2PJEjk
— dylan zo’brien (@kurtzobain) June 15, 2020
Toyin Salau tweeted about her sexual assault and was murdered for it.
Why don't women speak up?
Cos for a man terrible enough to commit rape, "if you tell anyone, I'll kill you" isn't just an empty threat.
Rest in power queen.😔
— Marvin the Paranoid Android (@Boboye_Ak) June 15, 2020
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