Mother files wrongful death lawsuit over 19-year-old son who died on Rikers Island in solitary confinement

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Andy Henriquez, 19, suffered a slow, agonizing and lonely death while he was locked up in solitary confinement at Rikers Island, court papers charge.
Andy Henriquez, 19, suffered a slow, agonizing and lonely death while he was locked up in solitary confinement at Rikers Island, court papers charge.

A 19-year-old man suffered a slow, agonizing and lonely death while he was locked up in solitary confinement at Rikers Island, court papers charge.

Andy Henriquez, his friends, family members and even his fellow inmates pleaded with guards to get him proper medical help in the days before his April 7, 2013, death, but prison officials just turned a deaf ear, his mother charges in a wrongful-death suit.

“We believe the conditions at Rikers . . . are deplorable,” said the family’s lawyer, Carmen Giordano.

A MAY 17, 2011 FILE PHOTO
A MAY 17, 2011 FILE PHOTO

The suit, filed in October and seeking unspecified damages, says that while in lockup, Henriquez complained frequently about chest pains and breathing problems before dying of a ruptured aorta.

A city Law Department rep declined to comment. A spokesman for the city Correction Department said the agency cannot comment on ongoing litigation.

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