Black Lives Matter activist and cosmetology student Oluwatoyin "Toyin" Salau, 19, took to Twitter to document a sexual assault days before she was found dead. 

The teenager tweeted that the man who assaulted her first offered her a ride near the church where she'd "sought spiritual guidance/refuge."

"He came disguised as a man of God and ended up picking me up from nearby Saxon Street," she tweeted of her alleged attacker on June 6. "I entered his truck only because I carry anything to defend myself not even a phone (which is currently at the church) and I have poor vision. I trusted the holy spirit to keep me safe."

On June 13, police found Salau's body in southeast Tallahassee, along with 75-year-old Victoria Sims, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. Local authorities have yet to identify any connection between the two victims, but police have arrested Aaron Glee Jr., 49, in connection to both killings.

Just days prior to her killing, Salau's voice was among the chorus of protesters demanding justice for George Floyd, Tony McDade and all other stolen Black lives. 

As Americans hold vigils in Salau's honor all around the country, the student, activist and friend is immortalized as a defender of justice and righteousness. A fellow Black Lives Matter activist described Salau as “powerful,” remembering the student as wanting "to be more involved in the movement and share that activism with those around her,” The New York Times reported.

Her voice, friends in the movement say, was undeniable.

Salau's tweets about her sexual assault evidenced an admirable bravery. But they weren't the only testament to the harrowing reality that the young woman was on her way to leaving an indelible mark on the world.

We've compiled some of Salau's most powerful tweets to allow her words to speak for her:

She dared not suffer in silence.

On Twitter, Salau shared that the most recent assault was not her first time being attacked. In fact, she tweeted, she opened up to the man who would go on to assault her about another Black man who brought her harm. 

Glee, the suspect in her killing, has two previous battery charges.

She illuminated the complexity of her dual identity as a Black woman.

The commemoration of stolen Black trans people stood at the center of her activism.

McDade, 38, was killed by Tallahassee police on May 27. McDade was the 12th transgender person killed this year, Rolling Stone reports.

Salau used her voice to amplify McDade's.

She encouraged Black folks to rise above the pain and fight for their humanity.

Described by friends as idiosyncratically loving and caring, Salau encouraged those involved in the Black Lives Matter movement to prioritize their self-care as a means of both maintaining their mental health and continued resistance.

She was unapologetic in her advocacy for peace and justice.

Described by her friends as spiritual, Salau implored her Twitter followers to live selflessly.

She recognized the power in her voice.

She called for unity among all members of the diaspora.

She prayed for guidance.

Her impact will survive her body.

In a powerful speech that circulated online, Salau exalts the names of Black people who have died at the hands of systemic racism and injustice. While peers remember the powerful impact her words had on listeners, the video also shows Salau's clear, focused approach to activism. She closed her impassioned remarks with a call for unity.

Oluwatoyin Salau fought for Black lives. She deserved to be protected, but instead was killed by one of our own ????

Rest in love, Queen. ????#JusticeForToyin

— greg (@whereistach) June 16, 2020

"We are doing this for every Black person. … At the end of the day, I can't take my f**king skin color off. Wherever I go, I'm profiled whether I like it or not. My Blackness is not for your consumption," Salau exclaimed. "It's okay to be angry. Use wisdom. I didn't mean to divide anyone, we are in this together."

Salau dedicated her life to shielding loved ones and Black people from pain and injustice. In her legacy, her unapologetic calls for liberation live on.

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