Sybrina Fulton and Lesley McSpadden are two mothers forever connected through fatal tragedy. Both women have loss unarmed teenage boys to gun violence after they were profiled and pursued by their killers.
Sybrina knows exactly what Lesley is going through. When her son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watchmen George Zimmerman she had to immediately deal with becoming a public figure over night, protecting her child’s character against defamation broadcast by the national news, and then she had to find strength to carry on while trying to cope with the devastation of burying her eldest child without answers.
This is exactly what Lesley has been experience since the August 6th murder of her first-born child Mike Brown. Sybrina published a letter in TIME in support of the family. It’s heart-breaking and honest words. The harsh reality is that her life will forever be changed.
To The Brown Family,
I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don’t. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day but I can’t. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won’t. What I can do for you is what has been done for me: pray for you then share my continuing journey as you begin yours.