Eric Garner’s Memorial Burned On MLK Day

A makeshift tribute to the man killed by police burned on the same day the community marked the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Late at night on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a fire destroyed the public memorial for Eric Garner on Staten Island. Garner’s daughter, Erica, attributed the fire to an unknown arsonist in a series of tweets late Monday night. Police told the New York Post, however, that the blaze started when a candle, lit at the memorial, fell and ignited other items in the makeshift tribute.

Just hours earlier, Reverend Al Sharpton and the Garner family led a candlelight vigil of over 100 people in Tompkinsville, the location of Eric Garner’s fatal encounter with police in July of last year—one of many gatherings at which Erica Garner and Sharpton appeared. Sharpton also laid wreaths at the Brooklyn cemetery where the NYPD police officers who were slain in an ambush in December are buried.

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