Update: Police release new details in death of Chattanooga activist

Activist. Mentor. Humanitarian. That's how people are remembering Clayton Mason. Community members are reacting to the news of his sudden loss. (Image taken from public Facebook post on Clayton Mason's page.)

UPDATE (Thursday):

Chattanooga Police released more information about Mason's death Thursday morning, and his friends and the community are remembering his heart for serving others.

Officers arriving to the scene just after 11 p.m. Tuesday night found an unidentified 32-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Soon after that, police got information about a vehicle parked in the 100 block of North Tuxedo Avenue.

Inside the vehicle, investigators found Mason's body.

Those investigators determined both Mason and the other victim were shot in the same incident.

Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 423-643-5100 or submit a tip via the CPD Mobile App. You can remain anonymous.

Depend on us to keep you posted.


Chattanooga community members are mourning the loss of a young African American activist.

Social media exploded with support Wednesday, reacting to the sudden loss of Clayton Mason. At this time, we can't confirm how he died, but his friends say his life was taken too soon.

"We've got to talk. We have men dying in our streets," said Clayton's friend Marie Mott in a Facebook live video.

Activist. Mentor. Humanitarian. That's how people like Marie Mott are remembering Clayton Mason.

"Clay touched children. He touched them. That man worked so hard at education. He touched a lot of people," said Mott.

According to his Facebook page Mason was a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta.

President of Chattanooga's Chapter of the NAACP Dr. Elenora Woods says she worked with Mason right after he finished school. Woods says Mason dedicated hours of his time to volunteering with struggling youth in the Chattanooga community.

"Clay was one of those persons who gave of himself. Very unselfish acts, and gave his money, gave his talents, gave his skills, and never asked for anything," said Dr. Woods.

Officials at Baylor say Mason started working as an evening library supervisor at the school this year.

"He was able to impact the lives of so many children while he was here," said Dr. Woods.

We reached to Chattanooga Police to see if they know anything about Mason's sudden death.

They could not comment.

However, in a press release, CPD says they are investigating a homicide after a man's body was found in the 100 block of North Tuxedo Avenue around 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Chris Maples lives in the community where the body was found. Tuesday morning, he saw police sweeping the area.

"It's friendly. It's quiet. I can't say I've seen any police presence here until very recently," said Maples.

Again, we don't know if Mason's death and CPD's homicide investigation are connected.

Anyone with information about the Brainerd area homicide should call the CPD Homicide Tip Line at 423-643-5100, or submit a tip via the CPD Mobile App.

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