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Baton Rouge civil rights activist found killed in trunk of vehicle

16 July 2019

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, who was also a community activist who teamed up with local police in anti-violence initiatives, was found dead in the trunk of a vehicle about 3 miles from her home in the city on Friday, police said. Robert Joseph's community was stunned at her death, as she was a known activist who founded an African American history museum in Baton Rouge.

Sadie Roberts-Joseph died of traumatic asphyxiation, including by suffocation, according to an autopsy conducted Monday by the East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office. The 75-year-old was found dead in her trunk last week.

It also has prominent exhibits on President Barack Obama, whose presidency Roberts-Joseph cited as an inspiration to children.

The discovery left her brother Joseph Armstrong in shock. Marcelle said Roberts-Joseph often came to the council to speak on various issues.

'We're devastated, we're devastated that someone has actually killed her and put her in the trunk of her own auto, ' the victim's niece, Pat McCallister-Leduff, told Good Morning America. "The bread is still there", Johnson said. She never came back to get it'.

"Let's remember: It's not enough that we talk about her infectious smile, nice demeanor or knowledge she possessed about our history; but let's make sure that her museum is kept open and expanded for our future generations", Marcelle said.

"Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community". "When our investigation involves an innocent victim, such as Ms. Sadie Joseph, it is particularly tragic". Neighbors and family members who spoke to The Post remembered Roberts-Joseph for her many roles, though: She worked at community centers, led trash cleanups and founded an organization to fight drugs and violence in her neighborhood.

This 2004 image shows Sadie Roberts-Joseph.

She also organized the city's annual Juneteenth festival at the museum, commemorating the day slaves were belatedly freed in Texas more than two years after Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

Baton Rouge police are asking anyone with information on the case to contact homicide detectives immediately. "Across racial lines, the community can help to build a better Baton Rouge, a better state and a better nation".

Baton Rouge civil rights activist found killed in trunk of vehicle