Saturday, December 03, 2011

Martina Davis Correia - Rest In Peace

“I want people to know that we didn’t fail. As long as we keep hammering away at this thing, as long as we refuse to give up, we haven’t failed. We’ll be doing what Troy would have wanted us to do. Our efforts made an impact and we’ll continue to make an impact.”

Martina, the sister of Troy Anthony Davis, died December 1, 2011, 10 weeks after Troy was executed. She fought off and lived with cancer and related ailments while leading the effort to prove Troy's innocence for more than two decades. Troy and Martina's mother, Virginia Davis, died earlier this year. We envision and celebrate their joyous reunion. A touching tribute by Sara Totonchi of the Southern Center for Human Rights is here.

Photo & Text by Scott Langley: On the prison grounds on the night of Troy's execution, Martina Correia (sitting) introduces Monica, a young student from California (holding sign), to Laura Moye of Amnesty International USA (at right) so that Monica can get connected with Amnesty's death penalty abolition work. Martina gazes off toward the prison while Laura collects contact information from Monica. At this exact minute, at 11:08 pm, Troy Davis died.

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