Mother of ex-Rikers inmate dies from heart attack complications
Dozens of people gathered on East Gun Hill Road Saturday to mourn the death of a woman who fought to change New York City's justice system after her son's suicide.
Venida Browder, the mother of deceased Kalief Browder, died last week from complications of a heart attack at the age of 63.
Browder was known for her continuous fighting for justice for her son and others that shared his situation.
Kalief Browder spent three years in Rikers Island after being accused of stealing a backpack. He was sent to jail after his family failed to post bail.
During his time in Rikers while he was still a teenager, Kalief was beaten and spent 400 days in solitary confinement.
He committed suicide years after his release, and his mother said he was suffering from depression.