Ferguson Protester Edward Crawford Dead of apparent suicide

Ferguson Protester Edward Crawford Dead

Very sad news coming out of St. Louis…

Edward Crawford, the Ferguson activist who was photographed throwing a can of tear gas back at police died on Friday (May 5) after reportedly committing suicide.

He was 27.

Via NBC News:

His death was confirmed to NBC News by the St. Louis Office of the Medical Examiner. Investigator Rose Psara said Crawford was pronounced deceased shortly before midnight on Thursday at 1435 Salisbury Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department told NBC News that Crawford shot himself in the backseat of a car while it was moving, according to two witnesses who were seated in the front of the car.

“The victim began expressing he was distraught over personal matters to the witnesses,” said the police department’s Public Information Officer Leah Freeman. “The witnesses heard the victim rummaging in the backseat, then heard a gunshot and observed the victim had sustained a gunshot wound to the head.”

Crawford was pronounced dead on the scene. Police said an investigation is ongoing and, while initially declared a suicide, the official cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.

According to his father, Edward Crawford Sr., the 27-year-old was the father of four young children, had just gotten a new apartment, and was training for a warehouse job.

“I don’t believe it was a suicide,” the senior Crawford told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which first reported the death on Friday morning.

Unfortunately, Edward Crawford isn’t the first Ferguson activist to die by gunfire.

In September 2016, the body of Ferguson activist Darren Seals was discovered inside a burning car. Seals had been shot, and police declared the death a homicide.

In November 2014 on the night a grand jury declined to convict the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Brown, 20-year-old Deandre Joshua was found shot in the headwith severe burns after being lit on fire. Like Seals, Joshua was discovered dead in his own car.

I’m sending up prayers for the Crawford family and hoping a full investigation will reveal and confirm what really happened to Edward.

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