Ferguson activist found dead in vehicle

An activist who led protests after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., was found dead Tuesday morning, The New York Times reported.


Darren Seals was found in St. Louis County inside a vehicle — which had previously been on fire — with a gunshot wound, according to the Times.

The case is being investigated as a homicide by the department's Bureau of Crimes Against Persons, and a motive is not yet known.

Seals led protests in Missouri after Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by police in 2014. Brown was shot by Darren Wilson, whom a grand jury later decided not to indict.

The death of Brown and the subsequent decision not to indict Wilson prompted protests and riots in Ferguson.

At the time, Seals said the decision not to indict Wilson was "the ultimate slap in the face."

“And for Mike Brown’s mother to be right there in my arms crying — she literally cried in my arms — it was like I felt her soul crying,” he said. “It’s a different type of crying. I’ve seen people crying, but she was really hurt. And it hurt me. It hurt all of us.”

Supporters of Seals on Tuesday expressed their condolences on social media.