Wednesday, February 10, 2016

MarShawn McCarrel Passed Away!

Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel passed away.

The Black Lives Matter movement have went to social media to show condolences to a member of their team. He went to social media to tell the world that he's struggled for many but he felt failure came upon him.

MarShawn McCarrel who was a high profile activist in the wake of the John Crawford and Tamir Rice shootings in Ohio, was found dead. He died of a self-inflict slug. He was found on the steps of the Ohio statehouse.

"We don't have any evidence to know the reason why he did it," a State Highway Patrol rep tells the Columbus Dispatch. But the Washington Post notes McCarrel's social media posts "oscillated between joy and despair." "I love y'all," the 23-year-old tweeted Monday morning. At noon came his final tweet: "Let the record show that I pissed on the statehouse before I left." Then this Facebook post around 3pm: "My demons won today. I'm sorry."

A former teacher describes McCarrel as the student he was proudest of in his 27 years on the job. "I saw him as a shining star in the future of civil rights." Indeed: McCarrel was named one of just 15 Radio One Hometown Champions, attended the NAACP's Image Awards on Friday, helped organize Black Lives Matter protests in Ohio after the shooting of Michael Brown, founded a youth mentorship program, and worked with the homeless. "He had so much to do," his mom tells the Dispatch. "He forgot to take time for himself." A fellow activist says "the statehouse was no accident. We've been working so hard, and yet the conditions for the people in our community ... are still so hard." McCarrel was "an activist to his soul," a friend adds on Facebook. He "fought tirelessly in Ohio and beyond for the rights of oppressed people … Brother—we'll keep fighting. You rest, now."

World News Today sends our condolences to the family of MarShawn MacCarrel.

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