Kimberly Davis opened up Thursday about her final moments with her brother Troy Davis who was executed Wednesday night.
Speaking from her Savannah, Ga., home, Kimberly recalled the family’s last moments with Davis as “joyous” and described her brother as a loving uncle, reported ABC News.
“My brother was giving us charge as to what he wanted us to do, telling us to hold our heads up, telling my nephew to continue to be all that he could be... My niece was showing him her ballet shoes and telling him to stand on his tippy toes like a ballerina," Kimberly recalled.
Kimberly said her brother told her, “If the state of Georgia did succeed in executing him, they would only take his physical body and not his soul.”
“My brother said he only wanted to be a free man and right now, he is free,” Kimberly told ABC News.
Davis last saw his family before 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Kimberly is devastated her brother's life was taken. She compared his death to a modern-day lynching.
“We're going to carry on and continue to fight to bring down the death penalty. This fight didn't start with him and it's not going to end with him,” she said.
Kimberly had set out in hopes to appeal the case by launching an online petition at Change.org.
Troy Davis' family and many more supporters had a ray of hope as the execution was postponed briefly by the U.S. Supreme Court for legal review. But after the High Court rejected an appeal, Davis execution proceeded with a lethal injection at 11:08 p.m.
Before Davis was given the lethal injection, the convict made a statement to Mark MacPhail's family, saying he did not commit the 1989 murder.
“I'd like to address the MacPhail family. Let you know, despite the situation you are in, I'm not the one who personally killed your son, your father, your brother. I am innocent,” said Davis.