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Martina Davis-Correia, sister of the late Troy Davis, has died. Davis-Correia passed after a long battle with cancer and was the firestorm that took her brother’s case to international heights. Although few people initially paid attention to the faulty murder conviction of this young black male in Georgia, Davis’ sister dedicated her life to fighting for her brother’s freedom.
Davis was killed by lethal injection on September 21 of this year. The execution was covered by international media, and there are millions around the world who consider the execution of Davis to be one of the most symbolic indicators of injustice in American history. Davis was executed after several witnesses recanted their stories, and even NAACP President Ben Jealous has repeatedly stated that the real killer is on the loose.
Even as she fought her cancer, Ms. Davis-Correia fought diligently for her brother’s freedom. She fought to very end, as did her brother Troy. Right before his execution, Davis maintained that he didn’t kill Police Officer Mark MacPhail, continuing to maintain his innocence.
The Davis family has endured numerous tragedies this year. Just a few months before Davis and his sister died, their mother (Virginia Davis) died as well. Amnesty International referred to Davis-Correia as a "Hero of the Human Rights Movement."
"Our hearts are breaking over the loss of this extraordinary woman," Amnesty International CEO Curt Goering wrote in a statement. "She fought to save her brother's life with courage, strength and determination, every step of the way. She was a powerful example of how one person can make a difference as she led the fight for justice for Troy Davis, even as she endured her own decade-long battle with cancer. And despite the terrible blow of his execution, she remained brave and defiant to the core of her being, stating her conviction that one day his death would be the catalyst for ending the death penalty."