Trayvon Martin’s mother sends heartbreaking letter to Michael Brown’s family

“I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours," Sybrina Fulton writes

Topics: Trayvon Martin, michael brown, Missouri, Ferguson, Sybrina, George Zim, darren wilson, Editor's Picks, Race, Racism, Shooting, , ,

Trayvon Martin's mother sends heartbreaking letter to Michael Brown's family

In a heartbreaking open letter to the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old killed by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, promised “neither of their lives shall be in vain.”

“I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won’t,” Fulton wrote in the letter that was published in Time yesterday evening. “I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence.”

Fulton’s words come in the wake of yet another night of clashing between a militarized Ferguson police force and protesters demanding justice for Brown. An autopsy released late Sunday night, first reported by the New York Times, appeared to confirm numerous eyewitness accounts of the events leading up to Brown’s death — that Brown was shot at least six times, two of which hit the teen in the head.

“One of the bullets shattered Mr. Brown’s right eye, traveled through his face, exited his jaw and re-entered his collarbone,” the Times reported. “The last two shots in the head would have stopped him in his tracks and were likely the last fired.”

Many residents in the Ferguson community and onlookers from around the country have questioned the handling of Brown’s death by Ferguson authorities.

“People have been asking: How many times was he shot? This information could have been released on Day 1,” said Dr. Baden following the autopsy.

Fulton experienced similar circumstances following the tragic death of her son, Trayvon, who was shot and killed by community watch guard George Zimmerman. Weeks went by before prosecutors charged Zimmerman with Martin’s killing. He was later acquitted.

You Might Also Like

“Further complicating the pain and loss in this tragedy is the fact that the killer of your son is alive, known, and currently free. In fact, he is on paid administrative leave,” Fulton wrote, referring to the fact that Officer Wilson has yet to be arrested or charged with Brown’s killing. Wilson’s name was made public after nearly a week of protests and national press coverage.

Tuesday morning a spokesman for the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office, Bob McCulloch, said that a grand jury could start hearing evidence Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

“We’re going to start presenting everything to the grand jury as quickly as we can,’’ McCulloch told the St. Louis Post Dispatch Saturday. “We’re not going to wait until we have everything and then do it.”

Fulton urged Brown’s family to remain strong given the circumstances: “Facts, myths, and flat out lies are already out there in Michael’s case,” she wrote. “My advice is to surround yourselves with proven and trusted support. Through it all, I never let go of my faith, my family, or my friends. Long after the overwhelming media attention is gone, you will need those three entities to find your ‘new normal.’ Honor your son and his life, not the circumstances of his alleged transgressions. I have always said that Trayvon was not perfect. But no one will ever convince me that my son deserved to be stalked and murdered. No one can convince you that Michael deserved to be executed.”

Read Fulton’s full letter here.

Ian Blair is a writer living in New York City. Follow him on Twitter: @i2theb.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 8
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Sonic's Bacon Double Cheddar Croissant Dog

    Sonic calls this a "gourmet twist" on a classic. I am not so, so fancy, but I know that sprinkling bacon and cheddar cheese onto a tube of pork is not gourmet, even if you have made a bun out of something that is theoretically French.

    Krispy Kreme

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Krispy Kreme's Doughnut Dog

    This stupid thing is a hotdog in a glazed doughnut bun, topped with bacon and raspberry jelly. It is only available at Delaware's Frawley Stadium, thank god.


    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    KFC's Double Down Dog

    This creation is notable for its fried chicken bun and ability to hastily kill your dreams.

    Pizza Hut

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Bites Pizza

    Pizza Hut basically just glued pigs-in-blankets to the crust of its normal pizza. This actually sounds good, and I blame America for brainwashing me into feeling that.

    Carl's Jr.

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Carl's Jr. Most American Thick Burger

    This is a burger stuffed with potato chips and hot dogs. Choose a meat, America! How hard is it to just choose a meat?!

    Tokyo Dog

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Tokyo Dog's Juuni Ban

    A food truck in Seattle called Tokyo Dog created this thing, which is notable for its distinction as the Guinness Book of World Records' most expensive hot dog at $169. It is a smoked cheese bratwurst, covered in butter Teriyaki grilled onions, Maitake mushrooms, Wagyu beef, foie gras, black truffles, caviar and Japanese mayo in a brioche bun. Just calm down, Tokyo Dog. Calm down.


    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Limp Bizkit's "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water"

    This album art should be illegal.

  • Recent Slide Shows


Loading Comments...