Reports of the shooting were widely shared on social media Sunday and Monday.
The fatal police shooting Sunday morning of Magnuson Park resident Charleena Lyles has received international attention.
Prominent faces in the Black Lives Matter movement have been tweeting and posting about the incident after Lyles’ family said she’d had mental-health issues leading up to the shooting and that they believed Lyles’ race — she was African American — was a factor. Police say Lyles had a knife when two officers opened fire.
By Monday morning, #CharleenaLyles was the top trending topic on Twitter in the Seattle area. Meanwhile, a fundraiser on GoFundMe.com has collected more than $38,000 for Lyles’ family.
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Danielle Moodie-Mills, creator of Wokeand.com and host of the radio show “Politini,” tweeted:
Several candidates for Seattle mayor weighed in on social media about Lyles’ death.
Dae Hawkins, campaign coordinator for Seattle mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver, tweeted:
Shaun King, a writer for The New York Daily News and commentator for The Young Turks, posted this on Facebook:
Journalists and others tweeted from a demonstration Monday evening in New York City, where protesters chanted “black lives matter” and held up signs and photos of Lyles.
Lyles’ death has been covered by national outlets including CNN and The Washington Post, and several international outlets in England, France and South Africa.