Debunking DeAndre Joshua’s Meme

There is a meme making the rounds on Facebook about a young man named DeAndre Joshua, the only person killed during the riots, looting and arson-fires in Ferguson, Missouri. His death has become fodder for online speculation, as people continue to claim Joshua was one of the unnamed witnesses, who testified before the Michael Brown grand jury.

However, he had nothing to do with the grand jury as he was in St. Louis at the time of Brown’s fatal shooting, though he was a childhood friend of the man who was walking in the street with Brown when Brown attacked Officer Darren Wilson. Furthermore, Joshua completed his sentence of ‘community service,’ for ‘resisting arrest’ in 2013.

So far there have been no rallies or news cameras, no signs or ribbons to mark the spot where someone shot Joshua once in the head, then set him on fire inside his car. His death appears to be nothing more than a footnote in the events of that ugly night.

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