Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on the steps of the Ohio statehouse. He was 23.

MarShawn McCarrel Suicide

McCarrel was pronounced dead at the scene Monday, reported The Washington Post. Though no one witnessed his death, it is believed that McCarrel took his own life. McCarrel’s social media posts further point to suicide.

McCarrel had written on Facebook prior to his death, “My demons won today. I’m sorry.”


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My demons won today. I’m sorry.

Posted by MarShawn McCarrel on Monday, February 8, 2016

“Sending love today. I love y’all. All of you,” McCarrel wrote on Twitter. “If we don’t have to live through hell just to get to heaven. I’ma stay right here with you.”

He added, “Let the record show that I pissed on the state house before i left.”

As for why McCarrel decided to end his life, police, as of yet, are uncertain. “We don’t have any evidence to know the reason why he did it,” State Highway Patrol Lt. Craig Cvetan told the Columbus Dispatch.

McCarrel became a prominent name in the Black Lives Matter movement after organizing protests of Michael Brown‘s 2014 death in his home state of Ohio. In addition to raising awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement, McCarrel had founded community activist group Pursuing Our Dreams, which helps to fight homelessness and hunger.

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