Ferguson Protester In Famous Photo Found Dead From Gunshot Wound

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A Ferguson protester featured in the iconic photograph taken during the demonstrations after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown died late Thursday night of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Edward Crawford was found in a auto in St. Louis's Hyde Park neighborhood with two women on Friday.

'I didn't throw a burning can back at police, ' Crawford told the Post-Dispatch in August 2015, after he came forward as the man in the photo and was subsequently cited under two county ordinances for interfering with a police officer and assault. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a member of the Missouri Senate, tweeted her belief that Ferguson protestors are being hunted.

The father of four died overnight when he was discovered in his auto with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

"He was wonderful, great, always in a good mood", his father told the Post-Dispatch.

"He just got a new apartment and was training for a new job", he said.

Crawford had begun talking about how distraught he was over "personal matters" before he was heard rustling around in the backseat, seemingly looking for something, the women told police.

When police in Ferguson, Missouri launched tear gas into the crowd protesting the police shooting there in 2014, Edward Crawford, then 25, went for a cannister and threw it back and kept ahold of his bag of chips.

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Two days later, Crawford would become a nationally recognized symbol of the unrest in Ferguson when, dressed in an American flag tank top and clutching a bag of potato chips, he picked up a tear-gas canister and tossed it back toward riot gear-clad officers.

Twitter was full of condolences and accolades for Crawford, although some remained upset at his actions during the protest and his visibility after the fact.

"I don't believe it was a suicide", he stated. The case was pending at the time of Mr Crawford's death.

He had four children, his father said, who he 'loved to death'.

The image of that moment raced around the world, thanks to Robert Cohen, a photographer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The medical examiner's office has said that the incident "appears to be a suicide", but police note that "the official cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy". "I threw it out of the way of children". 'For those of us tear-gassed, he was our local champion'.

"This young man represented so much for Ferguson", Chappelle-Nadal said.

"For him to throw it back, it was a rebellion...to say this is not right", she added. "We are gonna stand here and not be invisible".

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