St. Louis police are investigating the death of well-known Ferguson activist Darren Seals, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Seals rose to prominence as a leading voice after the police-shooting death of Michael Brown.
Seals, 29, was found inside a burned vehicle in Riverview, 12 minutes outside of St. Louis. Seals’s body was recovered after responders extinguished the flames. It was then realized he suffered a gunshot wound.
The St. Louis County Police Crimes Against Persons Unit and Bomb and Arson Unit were called to assist Riverview responders, according to CBS News.
A woman who lives across the street from the scene told authorities she heard a loud boom. “The next thing we knew, it was on fire. Like, flaming,” she said.
Authorities are looking for a motive and a suspect, but are treating the crime as a homicide. They are asking for the public’s help in the investigation.
Seals described himself as a “Businessman, Revolutionary, Activist, Unapologetically BLACK, Afrikan in AmeriKKKa, Fighter, Leader” on his Twitter page. He also organized with the advocacy group Hands Up United, as well as its campaign called Polls Ova Police, which sought to use this year’s elections to challenge police policies, The New York Times reports.
A vigil was held for Seals on Tuesday evening, and Twitter poured out condolences: