Marshawn McCarrel may not have been one of the big names routinely seen in the media in connection with the Black Lives Matters movement but the young activist worked hard to improve the lives of those in his community of Columbus, Ohio. Sadly, that work came to an end yesterday afternoon when the 23-year-old took his life on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse.
“My demons won today. I’m sorry.” is the haunting message McCarrel wrote on his Facebook page around 3 pm yesterday, according to the Dispatch. His last tweet, according to the NY Daily News, read, “Let the record show that I pissed on the state house before I left.”
Authorities were reportedly called to the scene of the statehouse around 6 pm. No one witnessed the shooting but McCarrell was seen on the Statehouse grounds moments before the gunshot, Lt. Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol told the Dispatch. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Outside of his work with Black Lives Matter, McCarrel was also a volunteer with a local mentoring group, Pursuing Our Dreams, and the spin-off program Feed the Streets which provided lunch for anyone in need once a month. The action group was born out of McCarrel’s own experience being homeless for three-and-a-half months after he graduated high school. When interviewed about his community involvement two years ago, he told 614Columbus:
“All everyone needs is love – 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….It’s important that this is community taking care of community.”
As for what demons McCarrel was battling that led him to take his own life yesterday, all one can do is speculate. Lt. Cvetan said currently, “We don’t have any evidence to know the reason why he did it.”
His family and friends are definitely in our thoughts and prayers.