Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Louisiana: Coroner rules museum founder’s death a homicide

Louisiana: Coroner rules museum founder’s death a homicide

Roberts-Joseph, 75, was discovered dead Friday afternoon three miles from her home, according to Baton Rouge police, who said Monday afternoon that they have no updates to offer in their ongoing investigation.

Sadie Roberts-Joseph also co-founded Community Against Drugs and Violence (CADAV), a non-profit organization aimed at creating peace in Baton Rouge.

Broome wrote on Instagram on Sunday she learned of the death "of a dear friend and a mother of the community" just as now-tropical depression Barry was bearing down on Louisiana.

Roberts-Joseph founded the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African-American History Museum - now known as the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum - in 2001.

Roberts-Joseph made it a point to celebrate Juneteenth every year in an effort to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the American South. She was an icon of the Baton Rouge community.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark said in the report that Roberts-Joseph was killed by "traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation".

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"Whereas looking ahead to post-mortem results, we're searching for out any info pertaining to her findings", Officer Don Coppola Jr. told VICE Info. Marcelle said Roberts-Joseph often came to the council to speak on various issues.

"We're devastated that someone has actually killed her and put her in the trunk of her own vehicle", Roberts-Joseph's niece, Pat McCallister-Leduff, told ABC News. Even supposing loads of local politicians, mourning her loss, safe referred to as the incident a "execute", police safe now not but ruled her loss of life a execute.

"The bread is still there", Johnson said. She cared for the city.

"I have no idea why someone would do such a heinous act or commit such a heinous act for someone who had nothing but love for this community and love for people", Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome told ABC News.

"This lady modified into as soon as awesome and most in trend her history", Marcelle wrote on Facebook. It features a 1953 bus that visitors can board to learn more about the Baton Rouge bus boycott of that year.

Baton Rouge Police Department Deputy Chief Robert McGarner called on the public to come forward and share information on the case, speaking to 94.1 FM Monday morning. "I haven't met anyone who's had any negative comment and I never heard her say anything negative about anybody".

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