Ferguson Protestor Bassem Masri Dead
Ferguson protestor Bassem Masri was found unresponsive Tuesday morning (Nov. 27) on a bus. He was 31-years-old. According to The St. Louis Dispatch, someone tried to perform CPR on Masri, but he was pronounced dead at 11:09 AM at a local hospital. The cause of death is pending the autopsy and toxicology report.
Masri's family shared the news of his passing on Facebook. “A gentle man who was fierce when he faced injustice,” Faizan Syed wrote of Masri. Syed also said it was Masri who helped to unite the fight for “black liberation and Palestinian liberation.”
“We ask everyone to pray and make dua for Bassem and his family. May Allah accept his sacrifices for justice and overlook his flaws and mistakes,” Syed added. The causes and circumstances of Masri’s death are still unknown.
Masri often live-streamed the Ferguson demonstrations in response to the death of Michael Brown at the hands of former Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in August 2014.
Before his death, Masri had his sights set on politics and wanted to run for Missouri state representative during the 2020 election. News of Masri's death comes almost a month after Melissa McKinnie's son was found from an alleged lynching.