Ferguson is mourning after activist Edward Crawford was found dead in his car on Thursday night. For those of you who don't know, Crawford was the man featured throwing a tear gas canister back towards police in one of the many iconic Ferguson protest photos.
The medical examiner's office has officially confirmed the death to be a suicide. Apparently, Crawford was dealing with "personal issues." It hasn't been confirmed whether his suicide was related to his work in activism, but regardless, his death has hit Ferguson hard.
"It just solidifies how we are losing people, we're losing important people in this protest," said Tony Rice, a Ferguson protest veteran. "It lets me know that everyone is important and we need all of our people alive."
St. Louis police confirmed that Crawford was riding in a car with friends on Thursday night. The passengers claim he was distraught about "personal issues." The last thing they heard before Crawford shot himself was him rummaging in the backseat and then BAM, gunshot.
Crawford's father, however, isn't buying it. "I don't believe it was a suicide," he said."They're being hush-hush. He was wonderful, great, always in a good mood. He just got a new apartment and was training for a new job."
While we're all tempted to jump to conclusions, it's important to keep in mind that the investigation is still ongoing.
Rest in paradise, Edward. Your work will not be forgotten. You left this world as a hero