MarShawn McCarrel, an active member of the Black Lives Matter movement in Columbus, Ohio, killed himself on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse this past Monday, according to New York Daily News.
McCarrel, 23, posted “My demons won today. I’m sorry,” on his Facebook page just hours before shooting himself, according to Lt. Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol. Cvetan states that there were no witnesses to the shooting.
His mother, Leatha Wellington, and twin brother, MarQuan McCarrel, cite exhaustion and mounting pressure of his activism and charity work as a possible reason that he’d take his own life. Regardless, they called back on the good that he’d done though his work.
“He impacted so many people, touched so many lives,” Wellington said to the Columbus Dispatch. His brother commented on how he was always looking to serve others.
McCarrel leaves behind a legacy of service to the community. He was the founder of Pursuing Our Dreams, a local organization that worked to feed the homeless. The activist connected with the organization’s mission on a personal level after spending three months homeless after graduating high school.
“All everyone needs is love – that’s a human being, that’s a pulse,” he told (614) Columbus in an interview in 2014. “We’re feeding everyone, we’re sending the message — today I got you; tomorrow, I could be right there.”
Recently McCarrel was named a Radio Hometown Champion and attended the NAACP Image Awards, according to Pursuing Our Dreams.
McCarrel’s last string of tweets sent messages of love and support to his followers before he finished with, “Let the record show that I pissed on the state house before i left.”
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