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Erica Garner Passes Away, Family (Justifiably) Only Wants To Speak To Black Journalists & Shares Last Interview On Stresses Of The Struggle

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Just days after suffering a second heart attack, 27-year-old Erica Garner, social activist and daughter of Eric Garner, has passed away.  Her family is speaking out with strong feelings about who they will speak to and who is to blame.

Three years after her father died after being placed in a chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, 27-year-old Erica Garner has died.

Two days ago, Erica suffered her second heart attack in a matter of months.  Her first was after the birth of her son, her second child, three months ago.  It was then that doctors discovered she had an enlarged heart.

Her father's death sparked national outrage, prompting Erica to take action in his memory. Her health issues were seemingly compounded by the stress of the struggle to get justice for her father.

The family confirmed the news of Erica's passing saying:

In Erica's last interview, she touched on the struggle for justice causing stress.  She told Katie Halper of New York Mag:

In the black community, a lot of people don’t seek the help they need as far as mental-health services. I tried to sit down with a therapist and the cost is $300/hour just to sit down and talk with someone. So that’s another obstacle we have to face when stuff like this happens. Especially for the people who are dealing with this type of trauma. We shouldn’t have to pay for counseling sessions. Police officers are covered for that.


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The family is adamant about how they want her to be remembered, and also adamant about who they will grant a comment to. Erica and the Garner family have been through hell and back fighting against systematic white supremacy while trying to gain justice for the slain Eric Garner. It's not shocking that they would feel more comfortable with a black journalist as they grieve.

Of course, a white news anchor, Bill Ritter of ABC News NYC, had to chime in with his two cents about why their request is "wrong":

Leaders, journalists and activists are all showing their support.


The family has asked for people to seek out ways to help their local foster care system as a way to pay tribute to Erica as she was once in a foster home. R.I.P. Erica. 


Photo: Getty




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