HARLEM (PIX11) — The family of Eric Garner gathered in Harlem Sunday morning with the Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to denounce the execution-style killings of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn.
The shocking murders took place amidst national controversy among citizens and police officers after the deaths of Garner, Mike Brown and Akai Gurley.
"I'm standing here in sorrow," Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, said at the rally, asking that her son's name not be used for violence.
"These two police officers lost their lives senselessly," Carr continued.
Garner's widow, Esaw, expressed her condolences to the families of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.
"I know what they're going through--to lose a loved one right before the holidays," she said, asking that protestors rally in non-violent ways.
"My husband was not a violent person," she continued.
Sharpton warned against the mentality of "an eye for an eye" and played one of the threatening voice mails left for him in the aftermath of the shooting.
"The blame game will only lead to further kinds of venom and further division," he said.