February 10, 2016 10:29 AM EST

A Columbus, Ohio, community organizer active in the Black Lives Matter movement killed himself Monday on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, the state highway patrol said.

Marshawn McCarrel II, 23, fatally shot himself with a handgun on the exterior steps of the complex shortly before 6 p.m., said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Craig Cvetan.

McCarrel was the founder of a local community organization, Pursuing Our Dreams, which launched an effort to feed Columbus’ homeless. McCarrel was homeless for several months after graduating high school.

“All everyone needs is love — that’s a human being, that’s a pulse,” he told (614) Magazine in

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