Well-Known Ferguson Activist Found Dead in Burning Car

Darren Seals had been shot, St. Louis County cops say
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2016 7:55 AM CDT
Well-Known Ferguson Activist Found Dead in Burning Car
Darren Seals   (Twitter)

A Missouri man who became a familiar face in the protests against the Michael Brown police shooting in Ferguson was himself killed Tuesday, St. Louis County police say. The St. Louis American reports that officers discovered the body of 29-year-old Darren Seals (the police are spelling his name as "Daren") while investigating an early morning report of a vehicle fire in St. Louis' Riverview neighborhood. After the fire was put out, cops found Seals' body with a gunshot wound, and police say they're treating his death as a homicide, per NBC News.

Seals was a vocal activist after Michael Brown's fatal shooting, appearing in national media and standing with Brown's family the night it was announced the officer who shot Brown wouldn't face charges. Seals, who described himself as "Unapologetically BLACK" on his Twitter page, most recently took to the social media site to share his thoughts on Brock Turner, Donald Trump, and the Colin Kaepernick controversy, tweeting of the latter Monday: "The @NFL mad about #Kaepernick protest but I bet they don't turn down all the money from them jersey sales." St. Louis cops aren't saying if there's a motive or suspects in Seals' death. (More obituary stories.)

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