Texas — On Saturday, July 25, Garrett Foster was shot and killed at a Black Lives Matter protest in Austin, TX. Specific details are unclear at this time, but witness reports claim a car appeared to be threatening to drive into a crowd of protesters, and Garrett, who was carrying an AK-47, approached the vehicle and exchanged words with the driver when he was shot. Our heart goes out to Garrett’s family and fiancée in this difficult time. His death was senseless and unnecessary, and no one protesting against racial injustice should have to fear for their life.
President Joe Cascino issued the following statement:
“In the midst of the largest protest movement since the 1960s, a Texan was murdered for exercising his First Amendment right and for standing with the Black Lives Matter movement. His name was Garrett Foster. He was killed in the heart of our state capital. We wholly condemn this brazen act of violence and extend our prayers to not only Garrett Foster’s friends and family but all of those present last night. But we also recognize the remarkable bravery of the people who continue to go out and stand up for black lives despite incredible personal risk. We see you, we love you, and we stand in solidarity with you.”