Protesters have been on the ground fighting fervently against the killing of Black people and demanding justice for George Floyd. Unfortunately, some people have lost their lives during the demonstrations.
While their deaths are not in vain, they have gone overlooked due to the unrest. These are some of the people who have died while fighting the good fight.
1. David McAtee
David "Yaya" McAtee was shot and killed in the parking lot where he set up his barbeque pop-up restaurant. McAtee was shot by the police during their attempt to break up a crowd, as Blavity previously reported.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, his body remained on the ground for over 12 hours as police investigated the shooting.
Outraged neighbors are beginning to gather in the Russell neighborhood of Louisville after waking up to news that David "Yaya" McAtee was murdered by the LMPD and National Guard last night outside of his beloved BBQ stand.#DavidMcAtee
— Midwest People's History (@MPHProject) June 1, 2020
McAtee was 53 years old and was known for offering free meals to police officers who stopped by.
“We lost a wonderful citizen,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. “David was a friend to many, a well-known barbecue man.”
2. Chris Beaty
Former Indiana University football player Chris Beaty was killed during a protest in downtown Indianapolis, the New York Post reported.
Beaty suffered multiple gunshot wounds when violence erupted during the protest.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 1, 2020
The 38-year-old remained active with the Hoosiers football program and served as a mentor to the players. He also managed a nightclub, founded an event planning company and began selling face masks during the coronavirus outbreak.
3. Italia Kelly
Italia Kelly, 22, was killed outside of a Walmart in Iowa while leaving a protest, the Associated Press reported.
Kelly was shot as she was getting into a car with a friend while civilians were engaged in a shootout with police.
Italia Marie Kelly (aka Impinto), 22, was shot and killed at a protest against police brutality outside a Davenport, Iowa Walmart early Monday. Relatives say a protester is believed to have fired into the crowd, killing her as she got in a car to leave https://t.co/Ij10dXW4k0
— Ryan J. Foley (@rjfoley) June 1, 2020
No arrests have been made in connection to her death.
“She was always smiling, always laughing. That’s why it’s so sad that she was taken in such a violent way,” Kelly's aunt said. “That is not Italia. She was the bright, bubbly big personality in the room.”
4. David Dorn
In St. Louis, David Dorn, a 77-year-old retired police captain, was fatally shot by looters outside of a pawn shop on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
The shooting was streamed on Facebook Live, but the video has since been taken down. Police have yet to release details around what happened prior to the shooting, and no one has been arrested.
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Former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch said Dorn's personality was "bigger than life."
5. Calvin L. Horton Jr.
In what the AP describes as the first killing since the Floyd protests erupted, Calvin L. Horton Jr. was shot and killed outside of a pawnshop.
The owner of the store, a white man, was arrested in connection to Horton's death.
Few details have been released about the shooting, but it was reported that the pawnshop had significant damage following the protests.
6. James Scurlock
James Scurlock was killed after fighting with the owner of a downtown Omaha, Nebraska bar, as Blavity previously reported.
Surveillance video shows a fight break out after Scurlock and a group of people approached the bar owner, Jake Gardner.
Gardner was seen being shoved to the ground by two people before he fired shots into the air. A few moments later, Scurlock allegedly jumped on Gardner, who then fired a shot, fatally hitting the 22-year-old.
No charges have been filed, and police justified the shooting by saying it was self-defense.