A truly horrifying story is being reported out of Louisiana after a civil rights leader was found dead inside the trunk of her car. Sadie Roberts-Joseph was well-known as a beloved member of her community and a highly respected activist.
In 2001, she founded the African American history museum in Baton Rouge. She also founded the non-profit Community Against Drugs and Violence as well as the annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival.
According to Sgt. Don Coppola, the local police are now investing her death as a homicide. Roberts-Joseph's body was found about three and a half miles from her home in Baton Rouge. The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office has determined that she died from "traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation."
Local detectives are "working diligently to bring the person or persons responsible for this heinous act to justice."
"The Baton Rouge Police Department joins the community in mourning the loss of Ms. Sadie Roberts-Joseph. Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community. We had opportunities to work with her on so many levels. From assisting with her bicycle give away at the African American Museum to working with the organization she started called CADAV. (Community Against Drugs and Violence) Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community, she will be missed by BRPD and her loss will be felt in the community she served," a Facebook post from the Baton Rouge Police Department reads.
Police are asking that anyone who has information related to this case please call detectives at 225-389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).
Our hearts and prayers go out to all those who will miss Sadie due to this heartbreaking tragedy. Please share your thoughts and prayers as well!