New Orleans may have known him as a Saint, but those who knew Glenn Foster best say he was so much more.
“He was very good with assisting people, motivating people. He was a businessman. He had ambition,” said Glenn Foster’s parents.
In a public visitation, several paid their respects to Foster’s family. Many wore black and gold in his honor and shirts that read “Justice for Glenn”.
“It’s tragic to see the little girls and the circumstances that happened. It’s not fair, we don’t really have any answers,” said Jones Rodriguez.
“We’re going to demand and we’re going to ultimately have transparency and justice for this entire family. And for I think a country that is devastated by the events,” said Co-counsel, Diandra “Fu” Debrosse-Zimmermann.
December 5, police in Pickens County, Alabama said Foster led them on a high-speed chase and resisted arrest, then fought with another inmate whose socks he tried to steal.
The county coroner says Foster died the following day at a medical facility.
The co-counsel for the family says not only has the state failed to provide a death certificate or autopsy findings, but say an independent autopsy also shows he did not die from natural causes.
“There is some evidence that Mr. Foster was killed by an external force that prevented him from breathing… this community, this country can’t stand by while black and brown men are slaughtered. We ask that if you know the truth of the events that have led to Mr. Foster’s death, to listen to your conscience to do the right thing. And to come forward,” said Debrosse-Zimmermann.
The investigation into the circumstances of his death will continue. But those loved ones mourning his life are just beginning to grieve.
“Glenn and his family mean the world to me and we will not stop until we pursue the outcome that Glenn deserves,” said Jolie Bernard, family friend, and spokesperson.
The Alabama State Bureau of Investigations and special agents are investigating the death.