Police are searching for answers in the death of a prominent Ferguson, Missouri activist who was found dead inside of a burning car earlier this week.
St. Louis police responded to a call about a vehicle engulfed in flames in Riverview, Mo on Tuesday. After the flames were extinguished, investigators discovered the body of 29-year-old Darren Seals and also learned that he had been shot.
A prominent leader among activists in the Ferguson community, Seals had been a vocal part of ongoing community efforts to end police brutality.
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Most recently, he had taken to social media in support of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest against the National Anthem.
His final tweet was one speaking on the spike in Kaepernick jersey sales in the wake of his protest.
Other activists, public figures, family and friends shared their condolences and shock upon learning of Seals death. Many also began immediately questioning the circumstances surrounding his passing.
A car set on fire & explodes erases the evidence Yet cops know it was #DarrenSeals & that he was shot. The car was a fireball. U do the math— SittingWithKap (@lifeandmorelife) September 7, 2016
The murder of activist Darren Seals is raising a lot of red flags. Here was a tweet he sent a couple of months ago https://t.co/ysbtM9Dm4I— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) September 7, 2016
Disturbing …Ferguson Protest Leader Darren Seals Found Dead in Vehicle - The New York Times https://t.co/xfyabhiHim— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) September 7, 2016
Although unconfirmed, speculation places an eyewitness at the scene who claims to have seen a Black male drive Seals’ vehicle to the location where it was found before later seeing a white male set the car on fire. Police have yet to confirm details about any suspects in connection to his death.
Police are currently investigating Seals’ death as a homicide.