Miriam Carey did something that could have harmed other people on the day she died. But she was also a person who was diagnosed with a mental illness, and she had family members who loved her.
Right after Carey sparked the first incident that has put Capitol Hill on edge, her family has gone into the media to speak on her behalf. Her sisters, who are all distraught over what happened, says that she is not a terrorist.
The family is also questioning why DC police chose to shoot and kill the woman when she “didn’t deserve to die like she did,” according to her sister Valarie.
“Deadly force was not necessary,” her sister said. Valerie, who is also in law enforcement, says that police could have rammed her car or disabled it instead. They didn’t have to take her life in the process.
“There had to be something else they could have done,” said Amy Carey, another sister. “She didn’t have to die. To know a child was in the car, too, why did they shoot?”
Police are not saying if they had any idea that the baby was inside the car when the shooting incident took place. The baby, named Erica, wasn’t hurt in the incident. The family doesn’t yet know who is going to get custody of the baby.
Miriam Carey had been having delusions, believing that President Obama was stalking her. She then crashed into the gate at the White House and was shot and killed by police.
Carey’s sisters say that the 34-year old dental hygienist has been suffering from postpartum depression and psychosis.