This young activist was anything but a quitter.
He fought for justice and look how alive he was until he wasn't. He mentioned demons, and those who are awake and lovers of equality and freedom seem to have more than their share.
What someone posts on twitter or facebook gives a fragment of the picture,
and so do their poems and their photographs.
The tweets of his last few weeks show someone young, powerful, thoughtful, hopeful, sensitive and at times haunted. But what was he haunted by and what took him out in the end? Could this have been seen or prevented?
I'm curious about what happened in his life between the late afternoon of February 6, the entire day of February 7, and all the hours of the day of his death--as well as all of his life. There is something here that is worth not only honoring, but investigating.
On the surface, it is different from the outright racial hate crimes and murders, but what really pulled that trigger? Where are the witnesses to his life and his death--and based on what they know, is his final post on Facebook plausible?
I do not know the whole story, but I'm going to keep my eyes and ears open, because I want to know the truth.