Black Lives Matter activist Erica Garner died Saturday December 30th, after suffering a heart attack at age 27.
Erica’s father Eric Garner, was accused of illegally selling cigarettes by a police officer in 2014. The altercation lead to Eric being put in an illegal chokehold by the officer, killing him — and though the death was ruled as a homicide, the officer was never charged.
His death lead to Erica’s activism against police brutality, holding regular marches in Staten Island and starting the Garner Way Foundation in his honor. She became a prominent Black Lives Matter advocate and supported Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders in 2016. She repeatedly spoke out against the law enforcement system and called for its change to support people of color. She was renowned for her efforts in strengthening police accountability and had a rapport with Barrack Obama, Colin Kaepernick and Rev. Al Sharpton.
Erica has suffered heart problems after the birth of her son, due to an enlarged heart. She had suffered an asthma attack a week before her fatal heart attack and was placed in a medically induced coma. While in cardiac arrest, she suffered brain damage from a lack of oxygen. She is survived by her two children, her four siblings and her mother.