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2011-10-03

Martina Correia, Sister of Troy Davis, Vows to Keep Fighting Death Penalty

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Martina Correia, Troy Davis’s older sister and his most steadfast advocate. She has battled cancer for the past 10 years while leading the effort to save her brother’s life.

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After the funeral on Saturday of Troy Anthony Davis, executed by the state of Georgia on Sept. 21, we spoke with his sister, Martina Correia. She fought for her brother’s life at the same time she fought for her own as she battled breast cancer. "I know we will be able to abolish the death penalty. Everyone is asking the question, why kill when there is doubt? We are no longer going to except that," Correia says. [includes rush transcript]

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AMY GOODMAN: We end with Troy Davis’s sister, Martina Correia, sitting in a wheelchair. She was a military nurse. She fought for her brother’s life at the same time she fought for her own, as she battles breast cancer. I asked her if she’ll continue to fight to vindicate Troy Davis.

MARTINA CORREIA: I will continue until I can prove that Troy is innocent and that the people who wronged him, I will make them accountable, as well, and everyone will be brought to justice, because I’m not going to lay down and allow my brother’s death to be in vain.

AMY GOODMAN: Do you think you will be able to abolish the death penalty in Georgia?

MARTINA CORREIA: I think we will be able to abolish the death penalty. I know we will be able to abolish the death penalty, because people all over the world are asking the question, why kill when there’s doubt? And I want people to know that we’re no longer going to accept that, not in our names.

AMY GOODMAN: Finally, you’ve been fighting for your brother’s life, and then there’s your life. How are you feeling? You’ve been fighting breast cancer for a decade.

MARTINA CORREIA: Well, I’m in remission, and so I’m doing good with the breast cancer. And, you know, the fight for my life and the fight for Troy’s life has been two folds. They used poison to kill my brother, and then they use poison to keep me alive. And so, I want people to understand that, you know, we’re not supposed to kill people, and we’re supposed to help people. And I want them to know that Troy is just as much me as I am Troy. And I’ll never forget that.

AMY GOODMAN: Martina Correia, the older sister of Troy Anthony Davis, executed on September 21st, 2011, by the state of Georgia.

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