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As the water reached to her neck, a brave New Jersey woman named Shakia Garrett died while trying to save her neighbors, she made a sad call to her mother, screaming, “I can’t swim, Mommy.”
Shakia Garrett made the final phone call while attempting to assist three Elizabeth neighbors who were also killed by Hurricane Ida last Wednesday, according to her relatives.
She was 33 years old.
Shakia Garrett Died In Ida Flooding
Sharon Garrett, her mother, who lives three miles away in Roselle, said, “She was crying. We just couldn’t get to her,”
The youngest of eight children, the bereaved mother stated, “She was the sweetest girl who got along with everybody,”
“She had a very good heart.”
Garrett was attempting to assist her neighbors Jose Torres, 71, Rosa Espinal, 72, and their 38-year-old son Jose when they became four of the 27 people reported deceased in New Jersey as a result of the storm.
Rosa Espinal, 72, and her husband Jose Torres, 71, along with their 38-year-old son Jose Torres died when more than a dozen feet of #rain drenched their apartment in #Elizabeth, #NewJersey. Their neighbor, 33-year-old Shakia Garrett, also drowned. #Ida #HurricaneIda pic.twitter.com/i3yq5sHFWp
— Said Pulido (@Super_Said) September 4, 2021
“As the water started getting crazier, she tried to get them out of there,” According to Salaam Ismiall, director of the National United Youth Council Inc, a family friend.
According to NJ.com, Ismiall said, “I consider her a hero,”
Tributes on social media Shakia enlisted the support of friends and neighbors to cover the costs of her funeral.
According to Ismiall, the Smith Funeral Home in Elizabeth is “working with the family” to minimize the cost. He stated that the goal is to raise $10,000.
The death toll from Storm Ida was highest in New Jersey, with officials warning that the number could yet grow as at least four people are still missing.