#BlackLivesMatter Activist Marshawn McCarrel Commits Suicide in Front of Ohio Statehouse
On Monday, February 8, Black Lives Matter activist Marshawn McCarrel shot himself on the front steps of the Ohio statehouse.
Marshawn’s body was found a bit later on the front steps where he was pronounced dead.
Hours before his tragic suicide, Marshawn took to social media to express his internal frustrations. He also tweeted prior to shooting himself that he “pissed on the state house.”
Marshawn was just 23-years-old.
His parents have since spoken out about his death speculating that his hard and often strenuous work as an activist took a toll on him.
"He impacted so many people, touched so many lives," his mother Leatha Wellington told the NY Daily News.
"He was just so creative,” his father MarQuan McCarrel added. "He just wanted to serve people."
In addition to being a voice and activist for Black Lives Matter, Marshawn was also the founding member of Pursuing Our Dreams, a mentorship for inner city youth. He also created the homeless charity Feed The Streets in light of his past battle with homelessness. A few days before his suicide, Marshawn received an NAACP Image Award for his influence and efforts.
Following his death, many of his supporters took to social media to express their sorrow.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Marshawn’s friends and family at this time. If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression or experiencing suicidal thoughts, please get help. Mental illness is real and should be taken seriously. You are not alone. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.