Claim of a St. Louis County lynching goes viral on social media, but police say it was suicide.

What Happened To Danye Jones? Son Of Ferguson Activist Found Hanged From Tree

Melissa McKinnies wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post that her son, Danye Jones, was lynched.


Earlier this month, on Oct. 17. Ferguson activist Melissa McKinnies found her 24-year-old son Danye Jones dead, hanging from a tree.

McKinnies, well known in her community, having participated in numerous protests in Ferguson since the Aug. 2014 death of Michael Brown, believes that her son was lynched. In a  Facebook post that has since been deleted, McKinnies shared graphic images of her son under the caption, “They lynched my baby.”

“I’m sick and losing my mind but I had to let the world see what they did to my baby!,” she added.

Screenshots of the post and images have since been shared across social media (linked post contains graphic images) as many people ask, not only what happened to Danye Jones, but why is no one reporting on the incident?

The hashtag #DanyeJones has been circulated across Twitter.

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Brittany Packnett


This is #DanyeJones. His mom, Melissa McKinnies, is a #Ferguson Activist.

Danye was found hanging from a tree in his mom’s backyard on 10/17. The police didn’t investigate, but called it a suicide.

But Danye has just bought property to sell & his mother knows this isn’t true.

Eugene B. Johnson@eugenejohnson_

Danye Jones was murdered. His lynching was no suicide. #DanyeJones #BlackLivesMatter #Ferguson

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein 🙅🏽‍♀️ 🇧🇧🌈


#DanyeJones was lynched. Write about it.

Nino Kahan@tchotchkele

Yesterday, a well-known activist in Ferguson, MO found her son strung up in a tree. The police are saying it’s a suicide but it clearly isn’t. Y’all know it’s not. So far, no news outlets are posting about it, but Twitter is talking. #DanyeJones

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Jones’ death has once again stirred conversation around various other activists in Ferguson who have died since 2014 under seemingly suspicious circumstances.

In 2014, Deandre Joshua, 20, was found shot once in the head, and then set on fire inside his car the same day a grand jury refused to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Prominent Ferguson activist Darren Seals was also found dead inside of a burning car back in 2016. He had also been shot. And then there was the 2017 death of Edward Crawford, the activist captured in the iconic photo tossing a canister of tear gas away from those protesting Brown’s death. Police claimed that he died of a “self-inflicted” wound while in the back seat of his own car.

Brittany Packnett


This is #DanyeJones. His mom, Melissa McKinnies, is a #Ferguson Activist.

Danye was found hanging from a tree in his mom’s backyard on 10/17. The police didn’t investigate, but called it a suicide.

But Danye has just bought property to sell & his mother knows this isn’t true.

View image on Twitter

Brittany Packnett


#DanyeJones is at least the 4th person related to the #Ferguson uprising to die in more than suspicious circumstances.

This is a pattern.

Ferguson Activist Melissa McKinnies’ Son Found Dead From Alleged Lynching

The Ferguson activist, who participated in numerous protests in Ferguson following Michael Brown’s death, says she found her son Danye Jones, 24, lynched.




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  1. That man doesn’t look like he had any thoughts of suicide? He look like he was good with his life and everything was going well for him. Investigators needa reinvestidate in his murder and not just think it’s a suicide. Like, look at the picture! What person with suicide thoughts is gonna leave his pants to there ankles then hang themselves? Shit isn’t adding up?!

    1. I’m sorry but I have to ask…how can you tell by a photo if someone was suicidal? Most of the people who commit suicide don’t ammounce their intentions beforehand…they just do it. I’m not saying that he did or didn’t, however it’s foolish to assume by simply looking at a photo that he did not commit suicide. They have trials with evidence for a reason…

  2. 😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥 This is So sadd may he rest in peace!!!!# blacklives4EVER MATTER!!!

  3. Same thing happened to a white girl a few years back. They rulied it suicide but she could have stood up. Clearly she was murdered.
    #NotJustBlacks!/ #NotJustWhites!

    1. What is wrong with u? Noooobody deserves for their kid to die this way or any other way! No matter the sins no matter the person. Someone loved that Young Man more then u will obviously ever feel in your whole life. And these are the last images they see of their loved one?? Not fair. Karma? For a hateful lady? Is not ones son to die in the manner this young man Did! Have some respect Sir. God forbid you never feel the pain this women is feeling and on top of that be told some bs like this! #blackLivesMatter#AllLivesMatter#HEMatters#MayHeRestInPeace#MyDeepestCondolencesToYourFamily 🙏💜😢

  4. God knows that this country fears positive role models in minority races. Look at the brown brigade, look at the black Panthers.

  5. This is a dam shame they know he didn’t kill his self who pulled his paints down and how did he put that cloth on the tree than get up there and hang yeah right this was murder point blank and i pray he hunt everyone that was involved with this hanging R.I.P. baby boy God see it all they will not get away with this and neither will those kkk police officers wake up peoples they killing our black men God take over this evil world please

  6. Prayers go up for the family get justice if it was mine I’ll do everything in possible to get to the bottom of 8

  7. May God bless all these families that had this pain and hurt. I ask that God help those who are going through this and ask him to punish the persons who brought this pain and hurt to these families. God bless you all. We need to wake up and help one another. I believe that young man was murder he looks as if he had a lot of positive things going for him sell and suicide wasn’t no where near his life or thought. Please God find the person/ persons who did this to this young man….

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