A man who was captured in an iconic photo throwing a tear gas canister at police in a 2014 Ferguson protest was found dead Friday, according to a report.
Edward Crawford’s father confirmed the death to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Police did not release the name of the victim, but said a person died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a car on Salisbury Street, located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of St. Louis. Two women were in the car at the time.
Crawford’s father told the newspaper he believed the shooting was an accident and didn’t suspect his son was suicidal.
“He was wonderful, great, always in a good mood,” Edward Crawford Sr. told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“He just got a new apartment and was training for a new job.”
Missouri Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said her condolences on Crawford’s death on Twitter.
“Edward Crawford is dead. Found in his car shot to death. He is #Ferguson’s hero. For those of us tear-gassed, he was our local champion. RIP,” Chappelle-Nadal wrote Friday morning.