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Eric Garner Memorial Burns Down On MLK Day

The New York City Fire Department ruled the incident an accident. But Garner's family members said they suspect arson.

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Garner, a Staten Island resident, died last summer after a New York City Police officer put him in a chokehold while trying to arrest him on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes.

We want JUSTICE for Eric Garner. #FightForEric

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The memorial — a small collection of candles and flowers — had been erected at the site of his death by his family and supporters. Garner's daughter, Erica, tweeted that she suspected foul play.

evil set my dads memoral on fire tonight .but cant erase his legacy. rebuild 2morrow #anonymousopfurguson #OpICantBreathe

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evil set my dads memoral on fire tonight .but cant erase his legacy. rebuild 2morrow #anonymousopfurguson #OpICantBreathe

12:02 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

The New York City Fire Department said the blaze was accidentally ignited by candles. The NYPD told BuzzFeed News it is not investigating.

Just was therea couple of hours ago.cops drove pass my grandpa when he arrived to see the damege #anonymousopferguson

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Just was therea couple of hours ago.cops drove pass my grandpa when he arrived to see the damege #anonymousopferguson

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Nicolás Medina Mora is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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