New Yorkers react to Nelson Mandela’s death

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FORT GREENE, Brooklyn (PIX11) — More than 100 people stopped by South African restaurant Madiba on Thursday night to remember Nelson Mandela.

One Brooklyn man who only goes by the name Free takes his daughter to Madiba almost everyday.

Free cant fully express what Mandela meant to him because he meant everything.

“This is why I can have a mixed race daughter, and sit here and be proud, be proud,” said Free.

Mandela’s health had been fading fast in these last months.

Outside Madiba they held a vigil of candles in the wind.

“When I still heard I actually got chills had to come and commemorate,” said Andre Merriweather.

Mandela shirts hang in the restaurant. Outside his picture hangs where candles now burn.

Mandela once said, “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.”

In Brooklyn, that’s exactly what they want Nelson Mandela to do.

“He sacrificed his life in order to make this a better place for my daughter,” said Free.