Erika courageously battled Stage IV breast cancer for four years before passing away on July 6th, 2014. She is survived by the light of her life, her 8 year old daughter Elina, sister Kimberly, mother Roberta, numerous family members and friends. Erika, born and raised in Seattle, graduated from Garfield High, Seattle University and UW Law School with honors and at the top of her class. She practiced law at HUD for 18 years. Being a single mom to her daughter Elina was one of her most significant life accomplishments. She is known as a “giving, empathetic, smart, humorous, and loving” woman and mother.