Via: (The Root) Sixty-three-year-old Venida Browder—the mother of Kalief Browder, the 22-year-old who killed himself after spending three unexplained years in New York City’s Rikers Island jail without trial or conviction—has died.
The mother of Kalief Browder, who killed himself after spending three traumatic years in New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex, has died of a “broken heart,” her lawyer told the New York Daily News Sunday.
Venida Browder, 63, died Friday at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York’s Bronx borough from complications of a heart attack, her lawyer, Paul Prestia, confirmed.
Browder’s son, Kalief, hanged himself with an air-conditioning cord at his Bronx home in June 2015 at the age of 22.
Kalief was just 16 when he was jailed after being accused of stealing a backpack. He spent three traumatic years at Rikers Island without a conviction or even a trial for a crime he maintained he never committed.