RIVERVIEW - A well known activist during the Ferguson protests was found shot inside a burning car in Riverview Tuesday.
Riverview police and fire responded to the call around 2 a.m. Tuesday for a report of a car on fire. When they put the fire out, they discovered 29-year-old Darren Seals’ body inside.
Seals was known locally as a rapper and nationally as a leader of protests after the shooting death of Michael Brown.
St. Louis County Police took over the investigation and now hope Seals’ status and respect in the community will encourage people to come forward with information. As of now, officer Benjamin Granda said no witnesses have come forward.
"I do know that there is a lot of sentiment in the community that they want justice, they want the truth and we hope to give that to them," Granda said. "But, we can’t do it alone so were hoping friends, family members, acquaintances or just any members of the community come forward and help us out with this."
James Clark is Vice President of Better Family Life. He says Seals was a natural born leader.
“Darren worked against the crime and the violence that’s ravaging St. Louis right now," Clark said. "While we celebrate his life, we must look at how do we begin to address the issue and how do we begin to make our neighborhoods and St. Louis safe for everyone.”
There’s been speculation that Seals’ murder may be related to a similar case from November 2014, when 20-year-old Deandre Joshua was found shot to death inside a car in Ferguson. St. Louis County Police say they are aware of the similarities, but do not have any information that would point to them being linked.
Anyone with information in this case, is urged to call St. Louis County Police.