Marshawn McCarrel

A Black Lives Matter activist fatally shot himself on the steps of the Ohio State House on Monday, according to authorities MarShawn M. McCarrel II, 23, of Franklin Township, Ohio, died by suicide on Monday night, according to Lt. Craig Cvetan of the Ohio Highway Patrol. McCarrel was found at 5:58 p.m. by a security officer at the top of the West rotunda steps, Cvetan told USA TODAY Network.

A few hours before McCarrell’s death, he posted a cryptic status on Facebook. “My demons won today,” McCarrel said. “I’m sorry.”

“People shouldn’t have to live in fear, that’s slavery,” he said in the video. “It’s slavery, it’s traumatic. Whenever I see a badge or police lights, that immediately I live in fear for my life. That’s a form of slavery, it’s oppressive.”

~Marshawn McCarrel

USA Today