Another Ferguson Protester Dead

By S. Christopher Emerson

Bassem Masri

Bassem Masri

According to local reports, Bassem Masri, a Ferguson protester of Palestinian descent, died Tuesday morning after being found unresponsive on a bus in Bridgeton. The cause of death is yet to be officially determined, pending autopsy.

The St. Louis County Medical Examiner states that there appears to be nothing suspicious nor any trauma associated with Masri’s death.

The 31 year-old mainstay during the uprisings in Ferguson recently announced his intent to run for state representative.

Masri would often livestream demonstrations in the St. Louis metropolitan area to a national and international audience in the months long aftermath of the police killing of Michael Brown, Jr. by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. He is known, loved and mourned by many protesters throughout the area.

Despite the medical examiner report, some observers suspect foul play as Masri is the latest of several connected to demonstrations in Ferguson who have died suddenly, or due to mysterious and violent circumstances. Most recently, Danye Jones, son of protester Melissa McKinnies, was found by family members hanged by a bedsheet on a tree behind their home. Though officials labelled Jones’s death a suicide, McKinnies states that her son would not have killed himself.

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