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A woman who died after her car was hit by another vehicle during a protest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been identified as the mother of two.
Deona Knajdek, 31, was reportedly using her car to block a street for protesters when the other vehicle collided with hers on Sunday night.
The suspect was detained at the scene by protesters and arrested by the police. His motive was unclear.
The activists demanded more official evidence about the murder of a black man.
Ms. Knajdek died after being taken by ambulance to the hospital. A second protester was injured and taken to hospital, police said.
Investigators said a preliminary investigation indicated that the driver’s alleged drug or alcohol use could be a contributing factor to the accident.
Ms. Knajdek had posted a video on her Facebook page early Sunday that showed a peaceful protest with a handful of protesters at the Minneapolis intersection.
Hours before, she shared an image with the slogan: “If we don’t get it, close it!” On the Facebook page, she identified herself as a recovering addict and abuse survivor.
Ms. Knajdek’s mother, Debbie Kenney, visited the scene of the fatal collision on Monday.
“She wanted something to matter and she wanted the lives of black people to matter and all of this to stop,” Ms. Kenney told the Star Tribune.
Ms. Knajdek’s brother, Garrett Knajdek, told the newspaper that her sister “was using her car as a roadblock, and another vehicle hit her vehicle and her vehicle hit her.”
He said her sister had returned to Minnesota from Georgia a year and a half ago to reunite with her two daughters, ages 11 and 13.
“She is a wonderful person,” said the brother. “She has had difficulties and difficult times, but she has always recovered.”
Protests have continued in Minneapolis since the June 3 fatal shooting of a black man, Winston Boogie Smith, by law enforcement.
U.S. Marshals said they were trying to arrest the 32-year-old Smith with a warrant for allegedly being a felon in possession of a weapon.
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They said the father of three was in a parked vehicle and pulled out a pistol, prompting officers to open fire on him.
State investigators say there are no police camera footage capturing the murder; protesters demand more evidence.
Minneapolis was the epicenter of nationwide protests for racial justice after the police murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, on May 25, 2020.