Bassem Masri is the Fourth Ferguson Protester to Die Since the Uprising
Bassem Masri was only 31 years old.
Bassem Masri, an activist from Ferguson, Missouri who came to prominence after live-streaming the uprising that occurred after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police, died of a heart attack on Tuesday (November 28th). According to the STL American, Masri was only 31.
The news was announced by Masri’s cousin Faizan Syed on Facebook. In the post, Syed described Masri as “A gentle man who was fierce when he faced injustice…In his short life he did as much if not more to unit the fight for black liberation and Palestinian liberation.”
Shortly after the news came out, a number of activists and members of the Ferguson community showed their love and respect for Masri.
A defining character from those nights in Ferguson. A prominent livestreamer, often with impassioned and…colorful…commentary. Got beat up a ton on cable news/conservative media, but always thoughtful in our convos. As committed an activist as I’ve known. RIP @bassem_masri https://t.co/NQppmJIiHt
— Wesley (@WesleyLowery) November 28, 2018
RIP Bassem Masri. He was a one-of-a-kind presence in the protests & helped to tell the truth about what was happening every day and night. We all felt his spirit in the streets.
— deray (@deray) November 27, 2018
There are some folks who you wonder if they’re all the way in for liberation . You could never wonder that of @bassem_masri. His investment was real, and his commitment was unwavering.
I don’t even understand why we keep losing activist family so young.
Rest in power.
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) November 27, 2018
Our friend and brother @bassem_masri RIP.
A fearless soldier.
A humble man.
A man of conviction.
My favorite warrior in the fight for freedom and equity. No person could be a more stronger and loyal ally than Bassem, no one! pic.twitter.com/LDQz4X5VPe
— MariaChappelleNadal (@MariaChappelleN) November 27, 2018
Sad news on Twitter about the passing of @bassem_masri, a live streamer who was frequently in Ferguson & other #STL protests. He could be very intense fighting for what he believed but he’d also spent time just talking calmly about life in general during quiet times at protests. pic.twitter.com/cPgp0LC2aG
— David Carson (@PDPJ) November 27, 2018
— PrallySkeamin🇵🇸 (@WallyBeamin) November 28, 2018
Masri had political aspirations. He was planning on running for Missouri House of Representatives in 2020. He annouced his attention back in August:
Masri is the fourth notable Fuergosn actvist to die since the uprising in 2014. DeAndre Joshua was found in his car with two gunshot wounds to the head the night of the Ferguson verdict in 2014. In 2016, Darren Seals was found shot to death in a burning car in Riverview, St. Louis. A year later, Edward Crawford was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
H/T: The Cut