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TCAC and The Movement 850 hold vigil to honor, remember Oluwatoyin Salau

Posted at 6:31 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 18:31:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A vigil to remember the life of 19-year old Oluwatoyin Salau will be held at the Capital Wednesday night.

Organizers say the ceremony will not only highlight who she was as an activist, but a person.

Hosted by The Movement 850 and the Tallahassee Community Action Committee, the vigil is expected to be quite emotional.

There will be a series of cultural performances to honor her, ranging from poems to songs.

Organizers anticipate seeing more than 100 people gather to be a part of this. Those who knew her hope coming together in grief will provide some healing.

"I’m hoping the people who do know her, don’t know her are provided with a space of healing," said Nastassia Janvier. "A space to grieve but also recognize we have work to do outside of this. And the work that she was committed to doing is the same work we are committed to doing.”

Janvier says although Salau is gone, they are inspired to work even harder, advocating for those they say deserve justice.

Wednesday's vigil is to remember what she stood for, despite the tragic way she died. Janvier says it is also a call to action so that this won’t happen again.