Darren Seals, an activist who helped lead protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown, was found shot to death inside a burning car early Tuesday morning.
According to the St. Louis County Police Department, officers responded to reports of a burning car around 2 a.m. After the fire was extinguished, a man later identified as Seals was found inside with a gunshot wound. Police are treating this as a homicide investigation.
Seals referred to himself as a “Businessman, Revolutionary, Activist, Unapologetically BLACK, Afrikan in AmeriKKKa, Fighter, Leader” on his Twitter account.
He was active in the Ferguson protests of 2014, which were a direct response to the killing of Brown, a black teen who was shot by white police officer Darren Wilson. There are conflicting accounts of what led to the shooting, with some claiming Brown reached for Wilson’s gun while others say Brown had his hands up in surrender.
Protests immediately followed, with black citizens marching through the streets of the city with their hands raised, chanting, “Hands up; don’t shoot.”
Seals also stood with Brown’s family on the steps of the Ferguson Police Department on the night that the grand jury announced it would not indict Wilson.