According to a report from NBC Washington, there hasn’t been an announcement from authorities confirming if the shooting occurred during the protests nor has Aaten-White provided more information aside from her postings on social media. A scan of her Instagram page does show she was active and on the ground during the protests.
Howard University’s Twitter page featured a tweet in support of Aaten-White:
“Our prayers are with alumna Mya White & her family. The senseless gun violence has to stop. As a nation, we must stand against the violence,” it read.
The situation in Ferguson has been intense over the past few days, but the state finally took action Thursday by replacing an police force in the predominantly Black city with the Missouri State Highway Patrol squad. The state’s Highway Patrol will be led by Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, an African-American man who is a native of St. Louis.