Friends and family of Oluwatoyin Salau are in mourning today, after the body of the 19-year-old Tallahassee, FL activist was recovered by police, the victim of an apparent homicide.
Following a local #BlackLivesMatter protest on Friday, June 5, Salau, who often went by the nickname "Toyin," parted with her friends for an undetermined destination, having fled "unjust living conditions" in her family home. In a haunting series of tweets that would prove her last, Salau would recount what happened from there.
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
When we arrived at his house he offered me a shower and I thanked him and shower and he gave me a change of clothes. He exposed himself to me by peeing with the bathroom open obviously knowing I was out of it. I told him about a sexual assault situation that happened...— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
To me in March involving Ivan a 32 year old Ghanaian man who currently schools at FAMU and lives at 211 Jakes and Patterson (I am currently 19 years old) who tried to force me to give him oral sex and then continued to harrass me thru text and knocking at my door for days.— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
Going back to the situation that happened to me this morning, I did not fall asleep. He then asked me if I wanted a massage at this moment his roommate who was in the house was asleep. I was laying on my stomach trying to calm myself down from severe ptsd. He started touching-— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
My back and rubbing my body using my body until he climaxed and then went to sleep. Before I realized what happened to me I looked over and his clothes were completely off. Once I saw he was asleep I escaped from the house and started walking from Richview Road to anywhere else— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
All of my belongings my phone my clothes shoes are all assumably at the church where I've been trying to track since I sought spiritual guidance/ refuge. I will not be silent.— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
Literally wearing this man's clothes right now DNA all over me because I couldn't locate his house the moment I called the police because I couldn't see.— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
Mid 40's lives in a gray painted duplex apartment style house drives a white clean Silverado Chevrolet truck https://t.co/psDCtYva2n— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
She was reported missing that same day, and the Tallahassee Police Department is said to have been made aware of her tweets. By the time Salau was found on Sunday, however, it was too late.
Upon confirming Salau's death today, the TPD has also announced that a suspect, identified as 49-year-old Aaron Glee, Jr., is in custody. No further details of the investigation have been released as of this posting.
Oluwatoyin Salau was 19 years old.— Brent Faiyaz (@brentfaiyaz) June 15, 2020
She didn’t dedicate her life to fighting injustice just to be raped & killed by a fucking sicko. I’m fed up.
rest in power queen ❤️❤️ such a beauty... gone too soon pic.twitter.com/B0SVOXNKln— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) June 15, 2020
—Chloe x Halle
rest in peace Oluwatoyin Salau— Kehlani (@Kehlani) June 15, 2020
i wish you were fought for how you went out and fought for the world.
i am so sorry. my whole heart hurts wit this. wow.
say her name. 💔
Oluwatoyin Salau— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) June 15, 2020
This should not be.
It just should. Not. Be 💔 pic.twitter.com/MsXXfTK8nd
rest in heaven Oluwatoyin Salau— Rome Flynn (@RomeTrumain) June 15, 2020
you deserved to be protected & they fucking let you down.
ETA: At the time of her disappearance, Toyin was actively seeking refuge from her abusive parents and siblings, who have since attempted to financially benefit from her death via GoFundMe. Please direct any funds to the Cash App of her friend Danaya Hemphill at $DHemphill21. (Source)
Rest in power, Toyin 💔 #SayHerName