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TCAC hosts vigil for Oluwatoyin Salau to remember the one-year anniversary of her death

Updated: Jun. 19, 2021 at 1:44 AM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - In a continued effort to remember the one year anniversary of the death of Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, the Tallahassee Community Action Committee held a vigil in her honor.

The group said they want to celebrate her life and ensure her name is always remembered.

Chants of love echoed outside the historic capitol building in Tallahassee Friday night as friends, and loved ones gathered to celebrate Toyin’s life and what she stood for.

“Oluwatoyin salau is hope. Oluwatoyin Salau is the future. Her name should be spoken everywhere and it should echo,” expressed Toyin’s close friend Calah Rose.

Toyin was known for her passion and hunger for social justice joining groups like TCAC and The Movement 850 who recognized her energy.

“She wanted to be a voice, she wanted to be bold, she wanted to change the world,” shares The Movement 850 founder Octavia Thomas. “And it’s unfortunate the world changed as a consequence of her death but her impact was made an her impact is made.”

“The people are going to know me, they are going to know me. And unfortunately it took her death but people hear her all over the world,” said Toyin’s close friend Rebekkah Figueroa.

Her supporters are calling for action to ensure her name never dies.

“She gave us the influence, it’s up to us to act on it and do the work. So I will want people to keep hope and continue to work for a better world,” said Thomas.

“And honor her by taking action. It takes action in your local cities and towns. Take action in your state, take action in your country,” exclaimed Rose.

Her friends say they believe love is eternal and they hope their love for her will ensure the name Oluwatoyin Salau rings forever.

Toyin’s mother, Victoria, wasn’t at the event but sent a message thanking everyone for their support and for not allowing her voice to be silenced, even in death.

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