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From left, Bill White, the Rev. Patti Snyder of University Presbyterian Church and Marianna Joseph, great-granddaughter of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, write notes to Ms. Joseph, before a vigil Tuesday, July 16, 2019 outside the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum, as a crowd gathered to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Roberts, 75, the museum's executive director and founder, who was killed last week.

The arrest of a suspect in the killing of Sadie Roberts-Joseph may be a large step forward in a criminal case, but it’s an event that the victim would be saddened about, more than angry.

That is what Roberts-Joseph was to the greater Baton Rouge area, a saintly presence whose lifelong commitment to justice and progress was uplifting. Roberts-Joseph, 75, was found dead in the trunk of her car Friday.

Founder of Baton Rouge’s African American history museum, she was one of those people who had a remarkable presence about her. That will be remembered for a long time.

“She leaves behind a strong legacy of character and faith,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said, speaking for thousands. “Hate tried to silence Mrs. Sadie, but her voice will continue to ring strong for peace and love through the countless people she touched.”

That is a goal that she would have approved.