Obituary: Martina Correia, sister of executed Troy Davis, dies aged 44

Martina Correia, who campaigned for more than a decade to have her brother Troy Davis freed from Georgia’s Death Row before he was executed two months ago, has died at the age of 44. She had been suffering from breast cancer.

The campaign to free Troy Davis catapulted Martina Correia into the spotlight. She led rallies and demonstrations, despite sometimes being confined to a wheelchair due to her ongoing battle with cancer. Without her efforts, the world might never have been made so aware of the circumstances surrounding Troy Davis’ case and his eventual death.

Determined to fight the death penalty in Georgia, Martina Correia consistently insisted that she believed justice would win out, even after her brother was killed. Just a couple of months ago, she claimed in an interview to be in remission, but the cancer returned and she died earlier this week.

About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.


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