Danye Jones was a 24-year-old man who loved his community. After being horrified by the death of Michael Brown in 2014, he became a prominent protester for change. But earlier this month he was found hanging from a tree.
His Mother Claims He Was Lynched
Danye was found hanging from a tree in his mom’s backyard on 10/17. The police didn’t investigate, but called it a suicide.
But Danye has just bought property to sell & his mother knows this isn’t true. pic.twitter.com/BYkaDehz9X
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) October 31, 2018
Jones mother – Melissa McKinnies – was also a keen activist during the Ferguson Uprising in 2014. She believes her son was killed because of his strong influence. However, St. Louis County insists Jones’ death was a suicide.
McKinnies tragically found her son on the morning of Oct. 17. He was hanging from a bed sheet tied around his neck. According to CBS, a chair was found near Jones’ body.
In a heart-wrenching Facebook post (that has since been removed due to site regulations) McKinnies shared a picture of her son’s hanging. “This is what I woke up to. They lynched my baby,” she wrote. “I’m sick and losing my mind but I had to let the world see what they did to my baby.”
“No Signs Of Trauma”
A St. Louis County Police spokesman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Jones’ body was on the ground when help arrived. “There were no signs of struggle or trauma to the body. And, he said, the family reported a suicide when they called 911,” writes the Post-Dispatch. Toxicology tests to determine the cause of death are still pending.
Meanwhile, McKinnies spoke to Post-Dispatch on Wednesday. She insists her son was an upbeat young man who did not know how to tie the types of knots used in the ligature. The grieving mom also says the sheet used did not match any sheets in the house.
She further claims he had packed an overnight bag, which had been left on the patio. McKinnies believes he had planned to leave the house with the person who killed him.
McKinnies added that her family has received death threats related to her campaign work. She alleges that the threats appeared first on social media and have escalated in the last two months. “They watched my house and when my husband and my son would approach the car, they would drive off,” McKinnies told KMOV-TV.
Other prominent St. Louis activists, told CBS that other lobbyists in the area are still targeted and harassed, mostly via social media and text messages.