Deandre Joshua Identified As Man Fatally Shot During Ferguson Protests

11/26/2014 10:24 am ET | Updated Nov 26, 2014
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The man found shot to death in a parked car in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday morning has been identified.

The body of Deandre Joshua, 20, was found at around 9 a.m. inside a white Pontiac with the driver’s side window shot out near the Canfield Green Apartments, USA Today reports. The apartment complex is near the site where Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.

Joshua’s family members said they believed his death was related to the massive protests incited by a grand jury’s announcement on Monday night that they would not bring charges against Wilson for shooting Brown.

Police are investigating Joshua’s death as a homicide, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Even so, his grandmother, Renita Towns, has doubts about the amount of effort they’re going to put in.

"Police don't care — he's black,” she told USA Today.

Towns’ sentiments echo statements made by Leslie McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother, shortly after the announcement that Wilson wouldn’t be indicted. “They still don’t care,” she said, addressing a crowd of supporters shortly before breaking into sobs. “They’re never gonna care. I’ve been here my whole life.”

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