He called his buddies to say it was the same four cops who had been harassing him for about a month or so.
He was an activist. He wanted to take part in something, to change his world.
Right or wrong, he wanted to put his voice into the larger chorus of the world, to be heard.
He wanted to exercise his rights.
Instead the neighbour found him in the street near the brick home he shared with his mother, his head caved in.
Doctors later said it was the work of baseball bats, and that at least two blows were landed with such precision as to act as kill-shots.
He would have turned 23 today.