Oluwatoyin Salau, a 19-year-old Black Lives Matter protester, was found dead in Tallahassee, Florida after being reported missing the same day she tweeted about being sexually assaulted a week earlier.
Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau— Shari ✨ (@shariauna_) June 15, 2020
Rest in Power Angel 💔 #JusticeForToyin after tweeting about her sexual assault she went missing for several days and her body was recently found. She was only 19. pic.twitter.com/4uAlVsAVHK
The body of Oluwatoyin Salau, who took part in Black Lives Matter protests in Tallahassee, was discovered late Saturday. A second woman, Victoria Sims, 75, who had also been reported missing, was found dead nearby.
The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating both deaths as homicides and a suspect, Aaron Glee Jr., 49, has been arrested in connection with the death of the women. Glee, who lives on Monday Road where Salau’s body was found, was taken into custody on a charge of aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability.
According to a woman who believed to be Salau’s friend, said she was drinking with Glee when he propositioned her for sex and assaulted her when she declined his offer, Police said. Glee was arrested on a battery charge on June 9, three days after Salau was reported missing.
Toyin Salau had been active at protests in Tallahassee, where she recited the names of black people recently killed by police, including George Floyd in Minneapolis and Tony McDade in Tallahassee in May. “Toyin was very passionate,” friend Danaya Hemphill, “She was very vocal, she was very loving, very spiritual, very caring. Toyin, she was like a light in a dark room. That was Toyin.”
Hemphill, 22, last saw Salau one day before she vanished and expected the worst, she said.
“I had a feeling that we were not going to find Toyin alive,” Hemphill told the newspaper.
Salau, who was discovered a few miles from where she was last seen at a library, detailed an alleged sexual assault on the day she disappeared.
activist Oluwatoyin Salau was missing since June 6, after disturbing tweets detailing a sexual assault that had taken place that day. it has been reported that her body has been found. WHAT HAPPENED TO TOYIN? SAY HER NAME #JusticeforToyin pic.twitter.com/76PM2PJEjk— dylan zo’brien (@kurtzobain) June 15, 2020
“Anyways I was molested in Tallahassee, Florida by a black man this morning at 5:30 on Richview and Park Ave,” she tweeted. “The man offered to give me a ride to find someplace to sleep and recollect my belongings from a church I refuged to a couple days back to escape unjust living conditions.”
Anyways I was molested in Tallahassee, Florida by a black man this morning at 5:30 on Richview and Park Ave. The man offered to give me a ride to find someplace to sleep and recollect my belongings from a church I refuged to a couple days back to escape unjust living conditions.— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
Mid 40's lives in a gray painted duplex apartment style house drives a white clean Silverado Chevrolet truck https://t.co/psDCtYva2n— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
Sims, who was reported missing Thursday, was a retired state worker who spent her career in local Democratic politics, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. She also worked as a volunteer for AARP Florida.
How do we battle with sexual assault and systemic racism, all at once?