Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, has written a letter to the family of Michael Brown, supporting them on their difficult journey that is to come in seeking justice for the teen's death.
"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," wrote Fulton in a letter published in TIME. "Of particular concern is that so many of these gun violence cases involve children far too young. But Michael is much more than a police/gun violence case; Michael is your son," she continued.
The 18-year-old was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9. His death has sparked protests nightly in the suburb, nationwide and has gained attention from international outlets.
Fulton also warned Brown's family that they should prepare for their son's character to be assassinated. Some criticized the police department of Ferguson for releasing the video of Brown allegedly stealing cigars and also reporting that he had marijuana in his system when he died.
"Facts, myths, and flat out lies are already out there in Michael’s case," wrote Fulton. "Theories, regardless of how ridiculous, are being pondered by the pundits. My advice is to surround yourselves with proven and trusted support."
Read the full letter here on TIME.
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