Tallahassee police found the bodies of Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, with 75-year-old Victoria Sims on Saturday. Their deaths are investigated as homicides.
Police have arrested a suspect, Aaron Glee, 49, Tallahassee Police Department said.
Salau was last seen on June 6. Earlier in the day, she tweeted that she was sexually assaulted. Her friend Chynna Carney confirmed the Twitter account belonged to Salau.
The tweets said that Salau had left some property at the church where she was looking for shelter and a man who had offered a ride to remember the items later abused her while she was trying to to sleep.
It is unclear whether Pleasure is the same Salau man reported to have abused it. CNN reached Tallahassee Police to confirm Salau’s sexual assault account and is waiting to hear again.
The Sims is a long-standing AARP volunteer. Her family declined to comment on her death.AT 19, MILITANT AND FRIEND
Salau had been Carney’s friend since before high school, she said. The 19-year-old learned to sew, paint and design her own clothes.
“She had so many dreams and she never gave up,” Carney said. But she had endured an enormous amount of pain, too; Carney described her as a sad person with the “happiest soul.” ”
And she has always been a fervent supporter of the Black in the Life of Matter in movement.
“When she started protesting with us, it was the most beautiful I have ever seen her,” Carney said.
Images of Salau speaking at a demonstration in honor of Tony McDade, a trans man who was killed by Tallahassee police last month, has traveled quickly since his death. In the clip, she says he does not want to divide people, but to unite them against police brutality against black Americans.
“At the end of the day, I can’t take my f ***** g colored skin off,” Salau said in the clip. “Wherever I go ***** g, I’m profiled as to whether I like it or not … guess what? I will die by it. I will die by my f ***** g skin. You can’t take my f ***** g Black away from me. ”
Her passion made Alina Amador, a photographer, who often recruited Salau a model for her.
“Her beauty was so radiant, modeling and for her it was so easy,” she says. “She was very calm and gentle. ”
Carney said her friend died motivated her to fight for Black women like Toyin.
“I will never stop protesting,” Carney said. “I will fight for her and for blacks and people of color” until I am dead. “