Black Lives Matter Activist, Oluwatoyin Salau, and AARP Volunteer, Vicki Sims, Found Murdered in Flo
Just days after they were both reported missing, in separate incidents, a Black Lives Matter activist and an AARP Volunteer have both been found murdered in the same area.
Oluwatoyin Salau, 19, was a very outspoken BLM activist who had been on the frontlines of several recent protests. Salau had been missing since June 6 shortly after she posted a thread on Twitter claiming that she had been sexually molested. Salau said that she had been assaulted by a "black man" who offered to give her a ride "someplace to sleep".
A few days after Salau was reported missing, Vicki Sims, 75, an AARP Volunteer went missing as well. Two search parties were organized for the woman and, unfortunately, the end result wasn't what anyone wanted.
On June 13th both women were found near Monday Road in Tallahassee, Florida. Although authorities have not stated the relationship between the two women, or if they knew each other at all, they have released a mugshot photo of a suspect who is in custody. 49-year-old Aaron Glee Jr. has been arrested for their murders and more details are forthcoming.
We are praying for both the Salau and Sims families as they struggle to make sense of these senseless murders. Both Salau and Sims were valuable and precious to their communities and were each supporting their causes. The murder of Salau has prompted women on social media to call on the men in the movement, and beyond, to help protect them. Even the men are vowing to do better.
At this time we don't know a motive but, we do know that this was a heinous act and it shouldn't have happened. In a world that is pitted against the Black woman, where we can barely trust anyone. . .we should be able to trust our own.