Erica Garner revealed the memorial tribute for her father was burned down on Martin Luther King Jr Day. Erica’s father Eric was killed in Staten Island, Ny last July when police officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in an illegal chokehold after NYPD officers accused him of selling loose cigarettes. Erica broke the news on Twitter earlier this morning with a series of tweets saying:
Later on in the day, Erica revealed a store owner’s message regarding the memorial. It seems the store owner was trying to relay the site where Garner died was being a hazard and should be moved.
According to The New York Post, police do not suspect the site was intentionally burned down. Police believe a candle accidentally was knocked down causing the shrine to burn.