Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, and many other celebrities are speaking out to slain Black Lives Matter movement activists Oluwatoyin Salau. This BLM movement protester’s body was discovered after she went missing. This 19-year-old Florida activist has been a vocal supporter of ongoing BLM movement. Many famous figures mourned her death in social media.
Oluwatoyin Salau was a recent high school graduate who became an influential figure after posting a video. In that video, she spoke out passionately about police brutality. She had been known as a vocal and outspoken supporter of the Black Lives Matter protests.
Salau’s body was discovered by police in Tallahassee along with the body of 75-year-old Victoria Sims. Police announced that they have arrested Aaron Glee Jr.as a suspect in this murder case. But the police department has not officially released any statement on how Glee may have been connected to this murder.
Popular star Kerry Washington wrote an emotional note alongside a photo of Salau. She wrote, “This is heartbreaking. Toyin, I am praying for you. I am praying for your family. I will continue to say your name and bring #JusticeForToyin,”
Gabrielle Union also mourned Salau’s death and shared a post, “She was 19. 19. 19. A baby. Oluwatoyin ‘Toyin’ Salau was a 19-year-old warrior who fought for the US. She reported her sexual assault to police and days later was found murdered. The horrors she faced, the trauma she endured, all by 19 years old. Who cares for little Black girls, Black teens, Black women? Toyin deserved so much more. She fought for so much more for all of us.”
Union also added. “I am her and she is me. I am alive to talk about surviving my rape at 19. She is not… The work continues. The fight continues. The reckoning will continue. Toyin should be here. She was 19. A baby. Hold our babies tight. Love them. Protect them. Support them. 19. #BlackLivesMatter #AllBlackLivesMatter.”
The Tallahassee police department states that the deaths are being investigated as homicides and have been turned over to TPD’s Violent Crime Unit.