A major Black Lives Matter leader who helped lead the protests in Ferguson, Mo., after Michael Brown was shot and killed by police, was himself was shot and killed early Tuesday and his car was torched.
Authorities reported they found the body of Darren Seals, 29, in a burned out car near St. Louis.
Police said Seals was shot to death before the car was set ablaze in a parking lot along the Mississippi River in a northern St. Louis suburb around 2 a.m.
One witness told TV station told KMOV-TV she woke up around 2 a.m. and saw the car fully engulfed in flames after hearing a “big, big boom”.
Seals was a key leader in the protests over the wrongful police shooting of teenager Mike Brown in Ferguson on August 9, 2014.
Seals’ grandmother, Ether Seals, remembered said she remembered him as a bright boy.
“I’m just numb,” she told the NY Daily News.
“I didn’t realize how smart he was until all those things happened in Ferguson where he was living,” she said.
Seals lived just blocks away from where 18-year-old Brown was fatally shot by former Ferguson cop Darren Wilson. Brown had refused Wilson’s orders to get out of the street.
“I’m very proud of him,” Ether Seals said.
“I didn’t realize how much he’d been doing until people started calling today. I’m going to miss him so much,” she added.