Toyin Salau is a Black Lives Matter protester who vanished in Tallahassee, Florida. For days, there was a police and community effort underway to find her after she disappeared hours after tweeting that she had been sexually assaulted. This morning, it was reported that Toyin Salau was found dead. The news started when a string of tweets started circulating on the Internet reporting the death of the 19-year-old protester with the hashtag #JusticeforToyin.
Just hours before she went missing, Toyin Salau, a Black Lives Matter protester from Tallahassee, Florida, tweeted, “Silence is the best weapon for some but not for me I will not be silenced,” she had written on her Twitter page at that time.
On June 6, 2020, on her Twitter page, just hours before she disappeared, Toyin Salau wrote a series of tweets about how she had been sexually assaulted. “Anyways I was molested in Tallahassee, Florida by a black man this morning at 5:30 on Richview and Park Ave. The man offered to give me a ride to find someplace to sleep and recollect my belongings from a church I refuged to a couple of days back to escape unjust living conditions,” her tweet thread began and added, “He came disguised as a man of God and ended up picking me up from nearby Saxon Street.” She also explained, “I trusted the holy spirit to keep me safe.” She then said how the man offered to give her a ride back to a church where she had sought “refuge” because of “unjust living conditions.”
Anyways I was molested in Tallahassee, Florida by a black man this morning at 5:30 on Richview and Park Ave. The man offered to give me a ride to find someplace to sleep and recollect my belongings from a church I refuged to a couple days back to escape unjust living conditions.
— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
He came disguised as a man of God and ended up picking me up from nearby Saxon Street. I entered his truck only because I carry anything to defend myself not even a phone (which is currently at the church) and I have poor vision. I trusted the holy spirit to keep me safe.
— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
People want justice for her and people on Twitter are filled with fury at the injustice. Here’s how people are reacting :
activist Oluwatoyin Salau was missing since June 6, after disturbing tweets detailing a sexual assault that had taken place that day. it has been reported that her body has been found. WHAT HAPPENED TO TOYIN? SAY HER NAME #JusticeforToyin pic.twitter.com/76PM2PJEjk
— dylan zo’brien (@kurtzobain) June 15, 2020
#JusticeForToyin she was 19, posted about her rapist on twitter and was found dead a couple days later. she pleaded for help and nothing happened, then she went missing and turned up dead. & people wonder why we don’t report. rest in peace beautiful angel, we will fight for you pic.twitter.com/IZl2OofHOz
— mara (@pagetsmethyd) June 15, 2020
SHE WAS 19. HER NAME IS OLUWATOYIN “TOYIN” SALAU. SHE WAS SEXUALITY ASSAULTED AND MURDERED. SHE WAS AN ACTIVIST WHO SHOWED UP TO EVERY PROTEST SHE COULD. FIGHT FOR BLACK WOMEN LIKE YOU FOUGHT FOR FLOYD. THIS IS NOT OVER. #JusticeForToyin pic.twitter.com/HrJVoKdaDT
— sydsᶻ ᵇˡᵐ 𝓉𝓇𝒶𝒸𝓀 𝓉𝑒𝓃 (@mindofcherri) June 15, 2020
— Shelby Ivey Christie (@bronze_bombSHEL) June 15, 2020
Yeah I’m really disappointed in how the media covered the disappearance of Maddie Bell vs Oluwatoyin Salau…Maddie was reported missing within 35 min had the FBI on the case within 48 hrs meanwhile Toyin had been missing since the Jun 6th…no FBI involved or nothing pic.twitter.com/s0O84LUdag
— MOTHER CYBER (@_CYBERBRAT) June 15, 2020
toyin salau was 19 years old when she tried raising awareness for her experience with sexual assault and the man who did it to her. she was ignored and went missing. her body has been found. she deserves justice, this isn't right. know her name #JusticeForToyin pic.twitter.com/Mzrto10dwX
— ouiss⁷ ☾ (@hopeworldanthem) June 15, 2020
Oluwatoyin Salau. She was only 19. She was brave. She was beautiful. She was a powerful voice. She didn’t deserve this, and it will never be fair. Justice for Toyin. Do NOT forget her name.💔 pic.twitter.com/1BvYzJH5my
— cheesecake kween (@Keoshaloveee) June 15, 2020
toyin salau went missing the SAME DAY she tweeted that she was sexually assaulted. today she was reported dead at the age of 19. this is so fucked up. we will never stop fighting for u #toyinsalau
— dara (@virekdara) June 15, 2020
By: Dammy Eneli