Just a few days ago, I learned that Martina Davis-Correia, sister of Troy Davis, passed away on December 1 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 44 years old. Despite her illness, Martina fought tirelessly for her brother Troy, who was killed by the State of Georgia by lethal injection on September 21, 2011. She was a champion for justice and traveled the globe to share the story of her brother’s case and spread the message that the death penalty must be abolished. Martina taught us that it takes a collective effort to fight for the freedom of an innocent person, but this effort often starts with one person, like herself. Unfortunately, we don”t always succeed, and Martina and so many advocates around the world witnessed the tragedy and ultimate injustice of her brother”s execution.
Martina garnered support from and was an inspiration to so many people around the world. We must continue her fight to eliminate capital punishment and to clear Troy’s name once and for all. We cannot let his death be in vain.