Missing Black Live Matters Activist Oluwatoyin Salau has died, according to a statement posted online on June. 14, 2020.
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.
The 19-year-old Black Lives Matter protester who went missing moments after tweeting that a man who offered her a ride to church had molested her; has been found dead.
She was last seen near Orange Avenue & Wahnish Way in Tallahassee, Florida on June 6th;
— girl w tha butter coochie (@monetbadue) June 15, 2020
Cause of Death.
We have no information at the moment on of caused death . This post will be updated as soon as we have that information.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
This is heartbreaking. This should fill you with rage. Oluwatoyin Salau was a young Black woman who became a visible figure and voice supporting the BLM movement against racism and police brutality in Tallahassee — even while coping with insecure housing.
Don’t forget her name. https://t.co/oFB4nRZTjP
— Gabe González (@gaybonez) June 15, 2020
Martin Luther Butchqueen, Jr. wrote
Honestly, between Iyanna Dior and Oluwatoyin Salau, we really can’t be anything but 110% understanding when a Black woman decides to just stay home anytime something happens to a Black man (esp a Black cis-hetero man)
☆ angel/n-b queen ☆ BLM! wrote
She was 19! Oluwatoyin Salau DESERVED TO LIVE! She was speaking and supporting ALL BLACK LIVES! She was young and should’ve never had to experience what happened to her. My heart hurts. She was a sister, a friend, a daughter. We must not forget her. SAY HER NAME! Broken heart✊
sydsᶻ ᵇˡᵐ wrote
SHE WAS 19. HER NAME IS OLUWATOYIN “TOYIN” SALAU. SHE WAS SEXUALITY ASSAULTED AND MURDERED. SHE WAS AN ACTIVIST WHO SHOWED UP TO EVERY PROTEST SHE COULD. FIGHT FOR BLACK WOMEN LIKE YOU FOUGHT FOR FLOYD. THIS IS NOT OVER. #JusticeForToyinMilk wrote
Oluwatoyin Salau could have been fuckin saved. She could have been protected. At the end of those protests who was out here offering her shelter? Y’all recording her face and listening to her pain but nobody asked “after this where are you staying? Do you have food are you ok?”
Yeah I’m really disappointed in how the media covered the disappearance of Maddie Bell vs Oluwatoyin Salau…Maddie was reported missing within 35 min had the FBI on the case within 48 hrs meanwhile Toyin had been missing since the Jun 6th…no FBI involved or nothing pic.twitter.com/s0O84LUdag
— MOTHER CYBER (@_CYBERBRAT) June 15, 2020
RIP Oluwatoyin Salau Crying face
Black women do not deserve this. Imagine being 19 protesting for the lives of black men only to be assaulted and killed.
Toyin was literally betrayed by those who were supposed to protect her. Shit is devastating.
Oluwatoyin was missing for days. her sexual assault was ignored and the police did nothing to find her. NOTHING. she spent her last days fighting for black lives. for her life. she was just a kid. this shit hurts man. rest in power ❤️ #SayHerName #oluwaToyinSalau pic.twitter.com/NWmt337sCv
— the may queen (@silileomiti) June 15, 2020
Ronald Isley wrote
Some of Oluwatoyin Salau’s last moments were protesting in support of Black lives, just to be sexually assaulted by a Black man & now she’s dead.
It shouldn’t take something like this to learn not to negate Black women’s experiences BUT this is a teachable moment.
RIP Toyin babygirl, we are going to get you justice. THE MAN WHO SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER was a black man in his mid 40’s. he drives a white Chevy Silverado truck and lives in a “gray painted duplex apartment style house”. she didn’t deserve this. say her name. #OluwatoyinSalau
— Kiara ✨ (@kitchenn11) June 15, 2020
Black women relentlessly carry our people on our backs in the name of freedom and equity. A freedom and equity many of us will never get to experience. We know this and we still fight. You guys know this and still fight us. #OluwatoyinSalau
— TahMeeRah (@tah_mee) June 15, 2020
I’m so so sorry love. This beautiful young lady was fighting for us and was killed while seeking a place of refuge. Olu was 19. Nineteen. Just beginning her life. I’m at a loss for words rn. Rest in peace beautiful.
— Jai✨ (@brwnskinjai) June 15, 2020
We demand justice for Oluwatoyin Salau, a 19-year-old Black activist in Tallahassee who went missing days ago. Say her name as a reminder of what we fight for in the streets. Rest in power, freedom fighter. pic.twitter.com/dvUP8alGUf
— Karishma Mehta for BLM (@karish4va) June 15, 2020
All day Black women have been talking about violence we experience in our communities only to end the night hearing of a young Black girl’s death and prior sexual assault at the hands of a Black man. I’m in tears. Poor baby #OluwatoyinSalau#SayHerName
— alharba (@alharba_) June 15, 2020
— lexie (@_thewickedkid_) June 15, 2020
Chrissy Carmichael wrote
This beautiful young woman was found dead today after going missing, and the police are hiding why. She was a prominent protestor, often photographed.
Stop taking pictures of people at protests. Stop taking selfies at protests. Facial recognition is real, and this isn’t your moment to start your activist or photographer rebrand. Moving forward, anyone who takes pictures at this point at a protest without any care in the world of how the subjects in the pictures look should not be trusted because they do not care about you or your life.
Maya Redmond wrote
Just so you guys know, we’ve lost a sister just yesterday. Her name was Oluwatoyin Salau. She was 19 guys. 19 years old, literally a teen like me. She was an activist and she spent her final days fighting for our community just for it to be taken by one of our own. She was sexually abused by a black man and after speaking out about it on twitter, hours later she went missing and now she’s dead. WE NEED TO PROTECT BLACK WOMEN AND GIRLS. We are the most disrespected, unprotected in the world. please protect us. RIP Oluwatoyin ❤️ #justiceforToyin