(Courtesy of Melissa McKinnies on Facebook)

Medical Examiner: Ferguson Protester's Son Died From Suicide

McKinnies, who received a copy of a report last week, said she disagreed with it but wouldn't comment further.

January 08, 2019 - 4:18 pm
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A medical examiner has ruled the death of a Ferguson protester's son was a suicide, despite his mother's suggestion that he was lynched.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the St. Louis County medical examiner's office said Tuesday that 24-year-old Danye Jones died of suicide by hanging.

Jones's body was found in October hanging from a tree at the home of his mother, Melissa McKinnies.

McKinnies helped organized protests in Ferguson after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.

When her son's body was found, McKinnies said people had threatened her during the protests. She also posted a Facebook message that said ``They lynched my baby" accompanied by of her deceased son. Facebook has since taken those photos down, but not before the images went viral and have been shared to other sites like Twitter, Instagram and Reddit. 

McKinnies, who received a copy of a report last week, said she disagreed with it but wouldn't comment further.