MarShawn McCarrel, 23, committed suicide on the steps of Ohio’s Statehouse Monday, authorities said.
MarShawn McCarrel’s family said his emotionally draining work may well have taken a toll on him. The 23-yearold shot himself in front of the Columbus building Monday night, Lt. Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol told the Columbus Dispatch.
“My demons won today. I’m sorry,” the activist, who recently attended the NAACP Image Awards, posted on his Facebook page about 3 p.m., just hours before his body was found near the Statehouse.
His last tweet read: “Let the record show that I pissed on the state house before I left.”
No one witnessed the shooting, Cvetan said. McCarrel was pronounced dead at the scene.
His mother Leatha Wellington and twin brother MarQuan McCarrel later told the Dispatch he put his causes before himself.
They suspect the never-ending and disturbing nature of his activist and charity work left him mentally and physically exhausted in a way they didn’t realize, they said.
“He impacted so many people, touched so many lives,” Wellington said.
“He was just so creative,” said McCarrel. “He just wanted to serve people.”
McCarrel, who had recently worked with Black Lives Matter, helped organize protests in Ohio after a Missouri cop shot and killed unarmed black teenager 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.
He attended the NAACP’s Image Awards on Friday, Pursuing Our Dreams wrote on its Facebook.