Words: Death of a Ferguson protest icon

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Crawford leaves behind four children. Many have been asking about Edward Crawford's cause of death and what he was known for. Investigator Rose Psara said Crawford was pronounced deceased shortly before midnight on Thursday at 1435 Salisbury Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

So far police have spoken to the only people who was with Edward Jr. when he allegedly took his own life, two women who happened to be in the auto with him.

Crawford is dead, Cohen reported via Twitter today.

On Aug. 3, 2015, however, Crawford was charged with interfering with an assaulting a police officer.

The women with Crawford had recounted how he had said he was distraught over "personal matters".

While police are investigating whether the victim shot himself on objective or by accident, Edward Sr. does not believe that his son was suicidal, telling the Post-Dispatch that just two days ago, his son was in "good spirits".

Edward Crawford, 27, of St. Louis County is known in the community for his activism in Ferguson. In the photo, Crawford is seen throwing a tear gas canister after it had been shot near his general direction.

The Ferguson protests erupted after the shooting and death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, 19, by former police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014 in the northern suburb of St Louis. "He was wonderful, great, always in a good mood", the elder Crawford said.

"He just got a new apartment and was training for a new job", Edward Sr. said.

The photograph was part of St. Louis Post-Dispatch's coverage on the Ferguson protest that went on to win a Pulitzer Prize in 2015. "I threw it out of the way of children". There had been a court date set for later this month, for those citations.

Many have publicly shared sentiments about what Crawford meant to them following the news of his death, Missouri state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat reresenting University City among them.

"He is #Ferguson's hero", Chappelle-Nadal wrote. 'For those of us tear-gassed, he was our local champion'. But he became a symbol.

"For him to throw it back, it was a rebellion...to say this is not right", she added. "We are gonna stand here and not be invisible".

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