Deyandra Cash Assassinated
RACE 10/06/2039 8:43 AM ET
Deyandra Cash Assassinated
by Kellie Decker

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A Collectively Capitol member during today's protests.
Deyandra Cash, leader of Washington DC's Collectively Capitol, was murdered today while addressing today's FuriUS rally.





Cash was addressing a crowd of 250,000 Collectively Capitol members and supporters on the steps of the Capitol when, initial reports say, she suddenly stopped speaking and fell backward.

Paramedics on hand rushed to her aid but she was pronounced dead soon after. Cash is understood to have been struck in the heart by a single round from what police believe is a sniper rifle fired from more than 1km from the Capitol Building.




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Deyandra Cash at the moment the shot struck.



Authorities moved quickly to close the airports and set up blockades around the city, directing resources toward finding the killer/s, as the city shut down in the wake of Cash's death.

Participants in the FuriUS rally, who had been listening as Cash spoke on the subject of cultural inequality, were initially confused as to what had occurred. Collectively Capitol's Deputy Leader, Krinsley Jamaal, quickly took the podium and conveyed the news of Cash's murder.




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A contingent of protesters marches Capitol Hill for the start of the FuriUS rally.



Those on hand describe a mass emotional unravelling as Jamaal called for retribution and directed protesters to unleash their frustrations on the city.

Rioting has been occurring for the last hour, as authorities attempt to close government buildings ahead of the protesters. However, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the National Archives and the Library of Congress have all been penetrated and are now alight as the tide of rioting expands outward from Capitol Hill. The Capitol Building has been spared and is being used by protesters as a command center.




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Protesters watch as vehicles burn on a Washington DC street.



Union Station suspended all trains prior to rioting and is being overrun at the time of publication. Protesting elements are also trying to gain access to the Supreme Court. All nine justices have been evacuated.

It is believed that people occupying government buildings are being killed on sight. It is not known at this stage how many have died.




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Members of Collectively gather in front of a burning building.



President Wennstrom has been placed on standby for evacuation by the Secret Service, but has for now remained at the White House, calling for calm and peaceful demonstration.

Police are greatly outnumbered and have so far retreated before the protesters. The President has resisted sending in the National Guard for fear of inflaming tensions, and sources suggest it will not be an option going forward as government forces would still face a grave numerical deficit.




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Riot police await instruction as FuriUS marchers cause damage to buildings and vehicles.



Collectively Capitol has reportedly been in contact with Washington DC's Sovereign Black Neighborhood, and an estimated 50,000 residents of Douglass are crossing the 11th St Bridge. Some elements have headed toward the Washington Navy Yard while others are advancing north to residential areas.

Members of the FuriUS march are believed to be using household objects such as baseball bats and knives, as weaponry. However, police report that Douglass residents are in possession of a large number of firearms. Police are urging residents of Washington DC's southeastern residential areas to flee north and east.




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A Collectively Capitol member before Cash's murder.



Sources indicate that Mayor Anthony Spasjowski has repeatedly contacted Collectively Capitol in the Capitol Building to request talks aimed at diffusing tensions. Collectively Capitol has declined each offer. It is not known if the group has specific demands or goals.

It is unclear what proportion of the people at today's FuriUS march was present to rally for social change, but it is believed that a significant number of attendees were motivated by economic conditions. Governments across the nation had already prepared for unrest due to the steep rise in inflation over the last year and continuing high unemployment, which exceeded 17% in September.




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Washington DC's Navy Yard comes under attack by Douglass Sovereign Black Neighborhood residents this evening.



Deyandra Cash has been one of the preeminent civil rights activists in the nation over the past several years. A beloved icon in her own right, she was also a personal friend of National Civil Rights Agency Administrator Queen Shon'ae. Cash helped facilitate the rapid expansion of Sovereign Black Neighborhoods in America and was instrumental in the formation of the National Sovereign Black Neighborhood Association.

A graduate of the University of Virginia and Duke Law School, Cash is survived by her husband and two sons.



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