Acording to several media reports, #BlackLivesMatter activist Marshawn McCarrel committed suicide on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus yesterday[February 8, 2016] evening.
The 23 year old allegedly shot himself in front of the Columbus building. No one witnessed the shooting and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
“My demons won today. I’m sorry,”
McCarrel, who recently attended the NAACP Image Awards, posted on his Facebook page just hours before his body was found. His last Tweet reads, “Let the record show that I pissed on the state house before I left.”
McCarrel helped to organize protests in Ohio for the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in 2014. He also founded youth mentorship program Pursuing Our Dreams, which launched Feed the Streets, a project to help Ohio’s homeless. McCarrel was homeless for three months after he graduated from high school, an experience that inspired him to help others.