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“‘Till death do us apart…”

Esaw Garner, the widowed wife of Eric Garner has been affected the most by his death.


In fact, the pain was so unbearable, she did not watch the footage of her husband being cowed by Staten Island cops until Friday.

She also tried watching it this morning, her eyes reddened by tears.

“I couldn’t watch the video of my husband being taken down last night,” she told the Daily News. “I was too upset. I never slept. I watched it this morning and I got even more upset.”

“They killed him,” she said. “They choked him and took him down and I could hear him screaming that he couldn’t breathe. It was so hard to watch. He was a nonviolent gentle giant and they killed him.”

According to the Daily News, on Thursday morning, Eric gave Pinky $400 and told her to get groceries for the house and then went to his corner of Bay St. and Victory Blvd. where he made his living selling bootleg cigarettes, $7 a pack and 75 cents for loosies. On the street he was known simply as “E.”

But at home Esaw called him “Bear.”

“He snored like a bear but I couldn’t sleep unless I could hear him snoring.”

She said his snores is what she will miss the most.

“I don’t know how I’ll ever be able to sleep again without hearing Bear snoring beside me.”

On Thursday afternoon, Esaw and Eric exchanged texts told the Daily News:

 At 1:45 p.m. she texted: “You good out there?”

Eric replied, “Yeah, I’m good.”

At 2:47 p.m. she texted “You ok?”

He replied, “I’m good. What’s for dinner?”

“Pork chops, Fat Boy.”

“I’ll be home early.”


Esaw also said that Eric Garner had been arrested several times, once for marijuana and a few times for selling bootleg cigarettes.

However, the day of the incident is something that will forever be engraved in Esaw’s mind.

“I rushed to the hospital in a cab at 4:10 p.m.,” she told the Daily News. “I couldn’t get answers. I remembered that in the morning before he left I told him I loved him and he said, ‘Right back at ya.’ Then he kissed me … Little did I know it would be the last kiss he’d ever give me.”



Sherley Boursiquot—@sherleybee_

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Sherley Boursiquot graduated from Lehman College with a B.A. in Multimedia Journalism. She has developed skills in content creating, reporting, and writing. Boursiquot also lives by three principals: patience, persistence, and faith, all in which are key elements to achieving success.

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