Criminal justice reform advocate Erica Garner died Saturday, leaving behind two young children. She was 27.
Garner became a civil rights activist following the 2014 killing of her father, Eric Garner, at the hands of New York City police officers. His chokehold death was caught on camera, and his desperate plea of "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry against police brutality.
Erica Garner suffered two heart attacks this fall, the second of which left her in a medically induced coma on Christmas Eve. Her family confirmed her death in a series of posts on her Twitter account:
"She was a warrior. She was a fighter, and we didn't pull the plug on her," said Erica's mother, Esaw Snipes. "She left on her own terms."
The officer responsible for Eric Garner's death was never indicted, though the death was ruled a homicide and the Garner family won a civil settlement. Read The Week's Sarah Lustbader on six reforms that could help prevent such tragedies in the future.