“It’s still surreal to me,” Esaw Snipes said of Erica’s death. “I just talked to her that morning… I kept telling her ‘you have to stay home and build up your heart strength’. I said ‘stay off the internet, because you make yourself angry and cause stress.’”
The 27-year-old passed away last year after enduring a cardiac arrest-induced coma for a week. She became a passionate activist following the death of her father in July 2014.
Eric Garner’s last words — “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” — became a rallying cry for Black Lives Matter protesters.
The apparent stress of her father’s death case likely contributed to Erica Garner’s heart issues.
“She lived her life on her own terms. I couldn’t tell her nothing from the time that she was able to say something back,” Snipes said.
Watch her full interview below: