Garner may have been the victim of the stress of trauma and poor health care for black women.

“She was born at seven-and-a-half months, 4 pounds, 11 ounces, but she proved to be a giant,” said Esaw Snipes-Garner. She was speaking about her daughter, activist Erica Garner, who died December 30 after a heart attack. Garner went into cardiac arrest following an asthma attack a week earlier, and was later placed in a medically induced coma. She reportedly suffered extensive brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.

“She lived on her own terms,” Snipes-Garner said at her daughter’s Harlem, New York, funeral Monday evening. “And she died on her own terms.”

For those who knew Garner well or followed her activist work, her death has been difficult to process. That she died at 27 is a tragedy. That she became an activist to seek justice in the wake of her father Eric Garner’s death from an NYPD officer’s fatal chokehold is painful.

During her funeral, those who gathered in her memory said that Garner was one of many who gave their lives to the fight for racial justice, a person whose life and death stand as a reminder of both the resilience of those who lose loved ones to police violence and the long-term effects that trauma often has on black women.

“When her father died, she was the one going out there in Staten Island every Tuesday and Thursday,” Rev. Kevin McCall said. “She was the one to bring this to a national level.”

But as a young mother who gave birth in August to her second child, a boy named after her late father, Garner is among an alarming number of women in the US who die during pregnancy or within one year Read More Here