Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, a 19-year-old Nigerian-American Black Lives Matter activist, was found dead just days after tweeting about being sexually assaulted.
Salau vanished on June 6, the same day she tweeted about her sexual assault. A black man in his mid-forties sexually assaulted her, according to her tweet.
The man, who introduced himself to her as a “man of God,” lives in a “gray painted duplex apartment style house” and drives a “white clean Silverado Chevrolet truck,” according to the tweet.
He was assisting her in getting her belongings from a church and finding a place to sleep. Tallahassee police discovered Salau’s and Victoria Sims’ bodies on Saturday, a week after they were reported missing. Homicides are being investigated in their deaths. According to ABC News, the cases were sent to the Tallahassee Police Department’s Violent Crime Unit.
Aaron Glee, a 49-year-old suspect, has been arrested but has yet to be charged. Formal charges will be made after investigations are completed, according to reports citing a department official.
Salau, a native of Florida, was a participant in the city’s Black Lives Matter anti-police brutality protests, calling for justice for black people in the aftermath of the recent killing of George Floyd.
Her body was discovered about three miles from where she was last seen on June 6.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Salau said during a protest in front of the Tallahassee Police Department last month, “I don’t want their names to be forgotten.”
According to her pals, the 19-year-old was highly vocal and enthusiastic about equality in America.
Danaya Hemphill, a friend of Salau’s, described Toyin as “very passionate.” “She was a very outspoken woman who was also very loving, spiritual, and caring. Toyin was like a ray of sunshine in a dark room. “Toyin,” said the narrator.
Another said, “She had so many dreams and she never gave up,” adding, “When she started protesting with us, that was the happiest I’ve ever seen her.”
Alina Amador, a photographer who frequently hired Salau to model for her, said, “Her beauty was so radiant, and modeling for her was so effortless.” “She was very gentle and calm.”