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Erica Garner Sets Up Foundation to Honor Her Father Eric Garner

By Ben Fractenberg | February 24, 2015 8:01pm | Updated on February 24, 2015 8:07pm
 Eric Garner's daughter, Erica Garner, 24, created a foundation, the Garner Way Foundation in honor of her father. 
Eric Garner's daughter, Erica Garner, 24, created a foundation, the Garner Way Foundation in honor of her father. 
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STATEN ISLAND — Erica Garner set up a foundation in honor of her father, Eric Garner, according to a statement released Tuesday.

The Garner Way Foundation is one of a handful of fundraising sites Garner family members have set up. There were more than a dozen other sites set up on various crowdfunding sites that family members said they were not aware of.

“With this foundation I will fight to engage communities all over the world in this struggle through, political awareness, music, arts and community activism,” Erica told NewsOne in the statement.

The announcement was made after a video released by conservative activist James O’Keefe showed Erica saying Reverend Al Sharpton only cared about money.

 Eric Garner, 43, died after being put in an apparent chokehold by police while being arrested for the sale of untaxed cigarettes on Staten Island.
Eric Garner, 43, died after being put in an apparent chokehold by police while being arrested for the sale of untaxed cigarettes on Staten Island.
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Facebook/R.I.P Eric Garner

“The comments were taken out of context, edited and released to partisan outlets for nefarious reasons,” Erica said in the statement. “Reverend Sharpton, Cynthia Davis, and NAN [National Action Network] are greatly appreciated in their assistance in helping me to fight for justice in my father’s murder.”

It was not immediately clear what specific projects the foundation would sponsor or who else in the family besides Erica would control the funds.

The National Action Network said it was not aware of the foundation before Erica's statement Tuesday. 

The organization supports the foundation and is "committed to working with the [Garner] family as a whole," a NAN spokeswoman told DNAinfo New York.