Friends and family are grieving the life of a promising young man after his life came to a tragic end on Monday.

Outspoken activist MarShawn McCarrel reportedly took his own life on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse after leaving several ominous messages on social media.

“My demons won today. I’m sorry,” McCarrel apparently wrote on Facebook just hours before his body was discovered by police.

At 23, McCarrel had overcome homelessness as a teen to become an active member of his community. He founded Pursuing Our Dreams, an organization that worked with Ohio’s homeless population, and was heavily involved in his state’s Black Lives Matter protests.

McCarrel won Radio One’s Hometown Champions award earlier this year because of his service to the community and he attended the NAACP Awards over the weekend with his mother.

“He is selfless and will give his last in order to make sure others don’t go without,” read McCarrel’s nomination for the Hometown Champions Award. “MarShawn has come so far in life and has inspired so many people to help others”

He will no doubt be missed.

*If you or someone you know is suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. 

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  • livluvlaff

    So sad that the social injustices of this country helped steer him to believe this was the only way out. While I am not depressed, sometimes I feel hopeless that the change we deserve will ever come. Our whole existence in America from the way we were captured and brought here to just the total disregard for black people period even after what we have done to make this country what it is, is enough to make anyone sad. Having a black president seemed only to create more racists than ever.

  • Mary Burrell

    I wonder if foul play was involved because quite recently there have been black activists who have been attacked. I think this is so tragic.