Statement of Solidarity Calling for Justice for Danye Jones
Black Lives Matter Louisville and Stand Up Sunday share in grief, horror, and outrage at the lynching of Danye Jones of Spanish Lake, MO. We join Melissa McKinnies in her call for a thorough investigation of Danye’s murder, currently dismissed by the police as a suicide.
Danye was the 24-year-old son of prominent Ferguson activist Melissa McKinnies. On October 14 Melissa found her son’s body: beaten, disrespected, and hung from a tree in her yard.
Melissa spoke previously of her work with grassroots Ferguson group Lost Voices, saying “I have sons, and they are Mike Brown’s age. It would kill me if that was one of mine. I mean, it hurts now, knowing it [Mike Brown’s death] is not mine but one of ours as a community.” Danye’s murder is an act of terror aimed at the hearts of all Black people in the struggle for justice.
The sergeant of the public information unit for the St. Louis County Police, Shawn Maguire, says this death is under investigation only as a suicide. But it is a typical law enforcement strategy to cover up suspicious deaths of Black people in this way, and suicide in no way fits the particular circumstances of Danye’s life or death.
Danye Jones is the fourth Ferguson activist to be murdered. Edward Crawford, DeAndre Joshua, and Darren Seals have also been killed.
We are outraged at the lack of national reporting, and outraged that this murder is not under thorough investigation as a hate crime or even as a crime. We are outraged at the indifference concerning the murders of this young Black man and others. Rest In Power.
We urge those in a position to contribute to the fundraiser; the funds collected go directly to his family to pay for incurred funeral expenses, a private autopsy, and a comprehensive private investigation.