Amber Evans, 28, fought hard for justice in Columbus, Ohio, with the People’s Justice Project and the Juvenile Justice Coalition. In fact, her work with the coalition was so imperative that she was elected as their Executive Director.
Her biggest project was a state reform bill, House Bill 410 that would restrict the power of law enforcement on school-based issues like truancy. Then tragedy struck.
After an alleged conflict with her boyfriend, Evans went missing in January, last seen at a drugstore buying candy and cold medicine after work.
Her vehicle was found in the downtown area and her phone was recovered in another area, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Evans went missing for two months before her body was recovered from the Scioto River.
Even though she had fought with her boyfriend before going missing, the police said there was no reason to suspect foul play.
Months later, a report from the coroner ruled her death a suicide.
Amber Evans' unfortunate death is a reminder of the many pressures our change makers, organizers, and activists bear while fighting for change, which is why we must check in and take care of each other.