Black Lives Matter Activist Shoots, Kills Self on Steps of Ohio Statehouse

MarShawn McCarrel, Black Lives Matter activist

Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel shot himself Monday on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Lt. Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol pronounced McCarrel dead on the scene and said there were no witnesses to the shooting.

McCarrel was active and public about his support for the Black Lives Matter movement. He tweeted about attending a MLK Day rally just weeks before committing suicide:

McCarrel’s last tweet foretold his demise:

“We don’t have any evidence to know the reason why he did it,” Cvetan told reporters.

Nearly 30 minutes before McCarrel sent his last tweet, the 23-year-old posted another haunting message to Facebook:

My demons won today. I’m sorry.

Posted by MarShawn McCarrel on Monday, February 8, 2016

McCarrel had attended that NAACP Image Awards on Sunday, posting a picture of him and his mother at the event to his Instagram.

“He impacted so many people, touched so many lives,” said McCarrel’s mother, Leatha Wellington.

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