Darren Seals, 29, was a fixture in the Ferguson and St. Louis activist movements. He played a prominent role in the Ferguson protests after Mike Brown was killed by Darren Wilson and has continued to do so since.
Unfortunately, the self-described “Businessman, Revolutionary, Activist, Unapologetically BLACK, Afrikan in AmeriKKKa, Fighter, Leader” was found shot dead in a burning vehicle in North St. Louis County early Tuesday morning, according to The St. Louis American.
Condolences began pouring out from fellow activists and friends as early as Tuesday morning and are still coming in.
“Darren King D Seals stood for Mike Brown and is and will always be a part of my Ferguson family. Rest in power, D,” said Ashley Yates, who protested in Ferguson.
It's terrifying that the murder of #DarrenSeals marks the SECOND time someone from Ferguson has been shot & burned in a car. Just awful.
— wikipedia brown (@eveewing) September 7, 2016
We can live in a world where people don't die by violence. Nobody deserves to die. We did not always agree, but he should be alive today.
— deray mckesson (@deray) September 6, 2016
As no suspect has been found, there are still many questions surrounding Seals’ death. Some even speculate that he may have been targeted because of his activism.
— King Sugar (@SonofBaldwin) September 7, 2016
He was known to be vocal and honest about his opinions, criticizing both local authorities, such as when he posted a video on Facebook Live claiming that officers pulled him and his brother over with guns drawn, and Black Lives Matter, who he felt exploited the Ferguson protests.
Authorities also haven’t specified a motive as the investigation is ongoing.