The sister of late death row inmate, Troy Davis, has died of cancer, the NAACP has confirmed yesterday.
Martina Davis-Correia, 42, was diagnosed in 2000 with breast cancer. While battling cancer, Davis-Correia helped spread awareness about her brother’s case, maintaining that there was too much doubt in the details of his murder conviction to allow for his execution.
Amnesty International issued a statement Thursday night hailing Martina-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. “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.”