#BlackLivesMatter Activist Found Dead: "My Demons Won Today"

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Kate Brown
#BlackLivesMatter activist Marshawn McCarrel was found dead by an apparent suicide on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

#BlackLivesMatter activist Marshawn McCarrel was found dead by an apparent suicide on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus last night, Lt. Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol told the Columbus Dispatch.

23-year-old McCarrel took to Facebook to post one last, cryptic message to his friends and followers: “My demons won today. I’m sorry.”

My demons won today. I'm sorry.

Posted by MarShawn McCarrel on  Monday, February 8, 2016

His last post on Twitter, however, painted a picture of his intentions: “Let the record show that I pissed on the state house before I left.”

Hours later, he was found on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. No one had witnessed his death, and McCarrel was pronounced dead at the scene.

My brother is graduating from OSU tomorrow!!! Come kick it and celebrate the homie with us today from 5-7 at the big run shelter house.

Posted by MarShawn McCarrel on  Saturday, May 9, 2015

McCarrel was a prominent figure in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, organizing protests in Ohio for the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in 2014. Not only that, he founded an impressive youth mentorship program called Pursuing Our Dreams. This led to Feed The Streets, a project that aimed to feed the homeless in Ohio.

McCarrel’s mother, Leatha Wellington, along with his twin brother, MarQuan McCarrel, told the Dispatch that he was prone to putting others—especially causes that he believed in strongly, like the #BlackLivesMatter movement—before himself and his health.

Photo Credit Michelle Williams

Posted by MarShawn McCarrel on  Tuesday, August 19, 2014

They suspect that his charity work and his activism took a mental and physical toll that no one truly realized.

"He impacted so many people, touched so many lives," Wellington said.

"He was just so creative," McCarrel added of his twin brother. "He just wanted to serve people."

“All everyone needs is love,” he told 614 Columbus in 2014, referring to his work with the Feed the Streets. “That’s a human being. That’s a pulse. We’re feeding everyone, we’re sending the message — today I got you; tomorrow, I could be right there.”

Banner Image Credit: Marshawn McCarrel/Facebook

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