June 15, 2020

Lawson Statement on the Murders of Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau and Victoria Sims

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — U.S. Rep. Al Lawson released the following statement regarding the murders of Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau and Victoria Sims in Tallahassee, Fla.: 

“This has been a devastating hit, not just to our Tallahassee community, but people across our nation are also grieving. The world is wrestling to understand how two women dedicated to helping others, one heading into the prime of her life, could be taken in such an abrupt and violent way. Although their voices have been silenced and they can no longer stand on the frontlines of this Movement, their mission must live on through each of us.

“We must fight for a world that looks different. When we chant, “Black Lives Matter,” that MUST include women as well. Women's lives must be counted in order to truly create change within our system. 

“I am fighting for a world where a woman feels no hesitation stopping to get gas at night because she has faith in her fellow man. A world in which children do not have to seek refuge from abusive homes. A world where all people are given access to mental health care and allowed space to work through trauma. A world where a young girl is not taken advantage of due to her living status and her faith in humanity. A world where victims of abuse, assault and harassment are not silenced, but believed and helped immediately.

“I pray for all those who knew, loved and cared for Toyin and Victoria, and that they can find peace in the coming days. If I can do anything, I want to encourage them to fight for another day and a better tomorrow just as both of these women were known to do.”