‘He was inspired by everything’: friends and family pay tribute to Elijah McClain

The 23-year-old killed by police in Colorado last year ‘just wanted to be better every day’, says a former colleague

Friends and family of Elijah McClain, a 23-year old Black man who died after being put in a chokehold by police and injected with ketamine by paramedics, have described how he was loved by “everybody who met him” and wanted to “change the world”.

McClain was a massage therapist, a keen musician and a runner. He went into a coma after he was stopped by police in Aurora, Colorado, in August as he walked home from a convenience store where he was buying iced teas.

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