As protesters vented their rage and frustration over Darren Wilson not being indicted, DeAndre Joshua, 20, was found dead inside of a parked car early Tuesday morning, having been shot to death and set on fire close to the site where unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was slain.
USA Today reports that Joshua’s body was discovered in a white Pontiac Grand Prix, near Canfield Green Apartments, blood-soaked shattered glass on the ground beside the vehicle.
“I’m still stunned because he never had any problems. He was a good kid,” said Brian Joshua, 45. “It’s like somebody just hit us with a brick.”
St. Louis Police Department released the following statement:
“The St. Louis County Police Department is on the 9400 block of Glenn Owen in Ferguson, MO, near the intersection of Windwood and Glenn Owen.
At approximately 9 a.m. today, a citizen reported that an unresponsive man was inside a parked vehicle at that location. Responding officers discovered a deceased male inside the vehicle.
No information on the identity of the man or additional information about the man, ownership of the car or circumstances leading up to the discovery. … Detectives from the St. Louis County Crimes Against Persons are enroute to conduct the investigation.
This incident is currently being classified as a suspicious death and will remain so until evidence allows a different classification. No further information at this time.”
DeAndre Joshua’s family believe that his death is tied to the protests and don’t expect a thorough investigation into his death.
“Police don’t care — he’s Black,” said Renita Towns, Joshua’s grandmother.
Joshua was a high school graduate and working at Walmart at the time of his death.
“We are deeply saddened to learn the news that one of our Walmart family members tragically lost his life,” Dacona Smith, senior vice president for operations at Walmart, said.