3 years after his death, Eric Garner’s mother says she won’t give up


Eric Garner
Eric Garner

source: NJ.com News
published: 17 July 2017

Wearing mostly white, civil rights leaders and family members gathered around Eric Garner’s grave on Sunday to mark the third anniversary of his death.

After attending a service at New Hope Baptist Church in Elizabeth, the group traveled to Linden to visit Garner’s gravesite at the Rosedale Cemetery.

His mother, Gwen Carr, had a chair and sat near her son’s headstone. In the peaceful cemetery, surrounded by other mothers who had also lost their loved ones to police, she reached down to touch his stone. “I will not give up until justice is served,” she said.

The moment was “moving,” Rev. Steffie Bartley, NJ Coordinator of the National Action Network and pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in Elizabeth, said.

Garner’s headstone, which memorializes him as a beloved, son, brother, husband, father and grandfather, is beginning to show the three years it has been since his death.

Garner, a 43-year-old black man, died on July 17, 2014 after he was put in a chokehold by a New York City police officer who was arresting him on suspicion of selling cigarettes.

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