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Erica Garner, Activist Daughter of Eric Garner, Dies at Age 27

Erica Garner, Activist Daughter of Eric Garner, Dies at Age 27

On July 17, 2014, her father Eric was arrested outside a market on Staten Island by several police officers and put in a choke hold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo because they thought he was selling loose cigarettes.

The firebrand daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner died in Brooklyn Saturday morning, sources told the New York Daily News.

Eric Garner's last words became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, which protests systematic police racism and the violence against black people.

Garner's heart attack was reportedly triggered by an asthma attack that she'd suffered with for years.

Ms Garner suffered serious brain damage after a heart attack a week ago. Doctors said the pregnancy had put a strain on her heart, which was later found to be enlarged.

"It's hard to find any aspect of life that's not impacted by racial discrimination", Richard David, a neonatologist at the University of IL of Chicago, told NPR. A jury voted not to indict Pantaleo on criminal charges and he remains on the force.

An autopsy by the city's medical examiner ruled Eric Garner's death a homicide.

A person identified only as one of Erica's workers was posting updates on her Twitter account throughout the week.

When you report this you remember she was human: mother, daughter, sister, aunt. "She was a fighter for justice and will not be forgotten".

The legacy of Erica Garner is one that will go down in history as one of the most genuine revolutionary quests of the millennial age.

DeRay Mckesson, a national voice for the Black Lives Matter movement, said in an interview Saturday that Garner had inspired other activists.

She used her prominence to stand up against police brutality and personally endorsed Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president.

She ultimately decided against mounting a campaign, however.

De Blasio later offered his condolences to Garner's family, and called her death "a terrible tragedy".

"People ask, 'When will you stop marching?"

"We are just praying for a miracle", added Rev. Al Sharpton at the time. "I will always march".


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