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Horrific Death Of 23-Year-Old Elijah McClain Gains Global Attention Nearly 1 Year Later

by Amy P
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos.

Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man, was a kindhearted and introverted massage therapist. On his lunch breaks, he’d head over to the local animal shelter to play his violin for the kittens, just so they wouldn’t feel lonely.

That’s the type of young man he was.

On August 24, 2019, Elijah was walking home from a convenience store in Aurora, Colorado, when 911 received a call about a “suspicious black male wearing a ski mask.”

Officers arrived at the scene and tried detaining Elijah. “I have a right to go where I am going,” he told them.

According to CBS, things escalated and led to a struggle on the ground. Elijah was placed in a “carotid control hold,” a choke hold that restricted blood flow to his brain.

After Elijah fell unconscious, an emergency medic tried sedating him by injecting him with 500 mg of ketamine.

On the way to the hospital, Elijah suffered a heart attack. Three days later, doctors declared him brain dead, and Elijah died.

Now, nearly a year later, the horrific story behind Elijah’s death is resurfacing — and one petition seeking justice on his behalf has quickly gained over 2 million signatures.

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