Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Edward Crawford, Protestor from Iconic Ferguson Photo, Found Dead

Edward Crawford, Protestor from Iconic Ferguson Photo, Found Dead

He was found dead late Thursday and both Crawford's parents went to the morgue to identify their son's body. In the photo, Crawford is seen throwing a tear gas canister after it had been shot near his general direction. The scene was captured by the lens of St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen and was part of the package that earned the paper a Pulitzer Prize for their photography of the unrest.

The medical examiner's office says the death of Edward S. Crawford Jr. was reported as a suicide at 11:46 p.m. Thursday. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, reflected on social media about what he had meant. Crawford, 27, was a father of four. "He was wonderful, great, always in a good mood", the elder Crawford said. 'He just got a new apartment and was training for a new job'.

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.

Crawford's death came as a shock to his father, Edward Crawford Sr., who told the Post-Dispatch that he'd seen his son in good spirits two days before the shooting.

A man featured in an iconic photo of the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a report.

"I didn't throw a burning can back at police", he said after being cited for interfering with a police officer and assault in August 2015.

In a report sent to BuzzFeed News, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said that Edward Crawford had been in the backseat of a vehicle with two witnesses Thursday at 11:46 p.m. when the shooting took place.

Crawford maintained that he wasn't tying to harm the police, and threw the canister a few feet so it didn't harm nearby children. Police said there was a single bullet wound to his head. (Another man, Deandre Joshua was found shot to death in a burning auto in Ferguson on the night of the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson).

NBC News sent several requests for comment about the death of Edward Crawford to the St. Louis Police Department but did not receive a response.

"He is #Ferguson's hero", the senator wrote on her Twitter account. "He threw burning tear gas away from children".

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