The words strength, compassion, and gratitude can’t begin to describe the emotional meeting between Sybrina Fulton, Lesley McSpadden, and Valerie Bell.
In a special interview with CNN, the mothers of slain young men Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, and Michael Brown spoke to Don Lemon about what they’ve learned from their haunting experiences and how they carry their sons with them everyday.
Fulton, the mom of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin – who was killed in 2012, and Valerie Bell, the mom of 23 year-old Sean Bell – who was killed by a barrage of bullets in 2006, had words of comfort for Michael Brown’s mom, Lesley McSpadden.
“You have to focus on the good times, you have to focus on when he was smiling, you have to focus on his first day of school and Christmas Day,” Fulton told McSpadden.
“Put a picture up when he was happy and focus on those, just don’t focus on the death, because that’s going to eat away at you.”
McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, said she feels her son’s presence when it rains.
“There’s something about the rain, something about it… I feel him.”
With the abundance of loss and grief, McSpadden was comforted by Fulton and Bell throughout the interview.
Brown’s funeral was held earlier today, with Trayvon Martin’s father and the families of Jordan Davis and Oscar Grant in attendance.
Check out the full interview above.
SOURCE: CNN | VIDEO CREDIT: CNN
A Week Of Protest For Michael Brown: Ferguson, Missouri In Pictures (PHOTOS)
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1. Protester stands his ground as police throw tear gas.
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2. Demonstrator holds sign during a protest of the shooting of 18-year-old Mike Brown.
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3. Police officer watches protest concealing his/her identity.
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4. Demonstrators in the streets of Ferguson protest after the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
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5. Ferguson police line up with riot gear where protesters are demonstrating.
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6. Ferguson police throw tear gas to disperse crowds protesting in the streets.
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7. Police surround and detain two people in a car as protests reach their fourth night in a row.
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8. Demonstrators out protesting the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
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9. Police stand and watch protesters.
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10. Demonstrator holds sign at protest of the Michael Brown shooting.
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11. Demonstrator walks away after being ordered off the street by police.
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12. Demonstrators protest the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
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13. Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who was appointed by the governor to take control of security operations in the city of Ferguson, walks with protesters.
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14. Crowds gather to protest the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
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15. People react to the naming of the officer who shot and killed unarmed Michael Brown.
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16. People react to the naming of the officer who shot and killed unarmed Michael Brown.
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17. In the parking lot of a gas station, which was burned during rioting, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announces the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown.
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18. Police armed with rubber bullets during protest.
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19. Memorial for Michael Brown stands in the middle of the street where he was gunned down.
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20. Police watch as demonstrators protest the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
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