Vigil honors legacy of Sadie Roberts-Joseph

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge community gathered to honor the legacy of slain icon Sadie Roberts-Joseph on Tuesday, July 16.

The Baton Rouge community gathered to honor the legacy of slain icon Sadie Roberts-Joseph. | Photo Source: WAFB

Community leaders and friends organized the vigil at the Odell S. Williams Now & Then Museum of African American History, a museum she helped to found.

“She is everything that people have said about her,” friend Jacqueline L. Jones said. “My heart is still heavy, but it is because she was such a beautiful spirit that I find joy, and I really feel blessed to have known her.”

Attendees left dozens of notes for ‘Ms. Sadie’ and her family, most of them ‘Thank Yous’ for the activists’ constant pursuit of peace.

Roberts-Joseph was found dead in the trunk of her car on Friday, July 12.

Autopsy results determined Roberts-Joseph, 75, died from traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation, the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner said Monday, July 15.

Officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department worked to develop a suspect. They announced an arrest Tuesday afternoon during a press conference.

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