Eric Garner’s Stepfather Dies Of Heart Attack In Jamaica

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Another member of Eric Garner’s family has passed away. His stepfather, Ben Carr, suffered a heart attack while at his daughter Elisha Garner’s wedding over the weekend in Jamaica, PIX11 reports.

Carr was always seen beside Garner’s mother, Gwen, in her fight for justice for her son.

“Almost 2 weeks ago Ben Carr stood with his wife, Gwen Carr (mother of NYPD victim Eric Garner), his grandson, Eric, Jr and his daughter at the gravesite of Eric,” Re. Al Sharpton wrote on Instagram after Carr’s death. “This morning Ben passed while in Jamaica attending his daughter’s wedding.”

Carr’s death comes almost two years after the death of Garner’s daughter, Erica, who also died of a heart attack. Erica, who was 27 when she died, had just given birth to her second child.

The Garner family was devastated earlier this month when it was decided that David Pantaleo, the NYPD officer that held Garner in an illegal chokehold,  would not face any charges for Garner’s death. It was ruled that the chokehold led to Garner having a fatal asthma attack during his arrest back in 2014. Pantaleo and four other officers were trying to arrest Garner for selling loose cigarettes back in July of 2014.

Garner’s other daughter, Emerald, was furious after the Department of Justice decided that Pantaleo would not face charges for her father’s murder.

The federal government does not want to prosecute Pantaleo,” she shouted outside of court after the ruling. “If you are not standing for firing Pantaleo, you’re not standing for nothing!” she shouted in her heartbreaking remarks. “Nobody wants to hold anyone accountable!”

Her pain and frustration was evident as she expressed her disappointment with the decision.

“My sister died fighting for justice; she died, she’s dead, she’s gone. My father is gone. And nobody gives a f–k! I don’t want condolences. I want my father and I want my sister.”


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