A Black Panther has been fatally shot in South Florida after being attacked by a group of men while attending a protest rally.
The Florida Times-Union reports that the suspect, 29-year-old Aaron James Byrd Jr., had been arrested on drug and weapons charges.
Byrd was taken to Broward Hospital but later died, according to the Times-U.S. News and World Report.
Byrd’s mother told the paper that she was shocked and saddened by the news of her son’s death.
“It’s a horrible situation and it will never be over,” Michelle Byrd told the newspaper.
Byrd, a former U.S., South African and African American activist, was shot on Saturday night during a Black Lives Matter protest in a Florida community that has long been a battleground in the fight against police brutality.
The rally was organized by the Black Lives Matters movement and called for an end to police violence and racial injustice.
“The fact that there’s people still in the community and not doing anything,” Byrd’s mom said.
A crowd of protesters, many of them young, gathered outside the church and began attacking the group as they marched down a street. “
We are all trying to save this community.”
A crowd of protesters, many of them young, gathered outside the church and began attacking the group as they marched down a street.
“I was walking with my girlfriend when she said she saw two white guys in the crowd and they were pointing guns at people and one guy was pointing at the people.
He was just shooting them with a rifle,” protester James Smith told NBC News.
The Black Lives Lives Matter movement has gained national attention in recent years, drawing the ire of the Black community for its use of violence.
Its most prominent leader, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.
Byrd and the group were also arrested after the rally in February and are awaiting trial on drug charges.