Civil rights activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph’s daughter says she’s grateful for the community’s support


The arrest Tuesday of a suspect in Civil rights activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph’s death is an emotional turn in an already heartbreaking loss.

Her family said they are grateful for the outpouring of support.

“This great job that was done, was done in the midst of a hurricance, in the midst of a storm, it was a storm for us in the midst of a storm,” said Angela Machen, Sadie Roberts-Joseph’s Daughter.

That storm has passed for the family of Sadie Roberts-Joseph. Baton Rouge Police said Ronn Bell killed the beloved civil rights activist.

Investigators said the convicted sex offender was a tenant in one of Roberts-Jospeh’s rental properties and owed her $1200 in back rent.

Machen said, “As much as I would like to be at home right now just wallowing in my own grief, I cannot do that to her. She worked so hard. She pushed. She got everything that she could out of the 75 years that she lived.”

Her daughter shedding more light on the impact her mother had on the community. While many questions still remain unanswered about her death, her family is ready to move forward.

Machen explained, “I’m still numb. I’m not angry. For several days, I wasn’t anything. I wasn’t anything, but numb. But for those who were and are angry, live a better life. Give of yourself to your community, make the whole better.”

Machen went on to say there’s also solice in knowing and feeling that everything that could possibly be done, was being done.

Bell is charged with second degree murder.

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