Published: Mon, January 01, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

U.S. civil rights activist Erica Garner dies at 27

U.S. civil rights activist Erica Garner dies at 27

After suffering a heart attack on Christmas Eve, the dedicated mother, daughter, sister and aunt was left in a coma and was later pronounced brain dead.

"Even with my own heartbreak, when I demand justice, it's never just for Eric Garner", she wrote in The Washington Post in 2016.

Bernie Sanders said that although she "didn't ask to be an activist, she responded to the personal tragedy of seeing her father die ... by becoming a leading proponent for criminal justice reform and for an end to police brutality". (One of her first campaign speeches, in NY, had been on the subject of criminal justice reform.) Sanders, who had an awkward interaction with activists at the 2015 Netroots Nation conference, went on to embrace the Black Lives Matter movement and promise a series of reforms if he won the White House.

With former president Obama, Garner criticized his reactions to her father's death and the slow pace of the DOJ investigation.

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"The only thing I can say is that she was a warrior", Garner's mother, Esaw Snipes, said in an interview Saturday. She was always at rallies, she was always calling me, 'Reverend, we'll do this. Her heart was bigger than the world.

Erica Garner, Eric Garner's daughter, attends a press conference held with her familiy members and the Reverand Al Sharpton calling for further justice and legal action against the police officers responsible in the death of Eric Garner, Jul. 14, 2015, in New York City.

A person who was identified as a co-worker kept Garner's Twitter and her followers updated with developments of her health.

"She stood up for justice for her father. Jane and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Garner family and to all those she has impacted".

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Erica's mother told the Daily News that her daughter's heart attack was brought on by an asthma attack.

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

Mayor de Blasio that her death was "a frightful tragedy". "This is just the first fight in 27 years she lost".

"My heart breaks for her two small children", said KQCottrell.

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"My thoughts are with Erica Garner", he said.

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