14 years after the devastating death of 19-year-old Aaron Vickers, his family received a heartfelt letter that he once wrote to his future self.
In the year 2000, Vickers was a junior at Plaza Robles High School in Stockton, California. One day, Vickers and his classmates were given the letter assignment by teacher Daryl Hutchins. After collecting the letters, Hutchins promised he would mail them to all the students in 10 years.
“May 23, 2000, Aaron wrote a letter to his future self and it was a high school assignment. From the high school assignment that Aaron wrote to himself, the teacher kept it,” Tyra Vickers-Kearney, Aaron’s sister, told CBS Sacremento.
After learning that Vickers was killed by a shooting in 2002, Hutchins used Facebook to find his family and return the letter.
“The days waiting for the letter, the anticipation was so high. We were wondering, what did the letter say? You know, I hope it’s not like a one-liner,” Tyra Vickers-Kearney said.
The entire family was happy to see that Aaron wrote a heartfelt and honest four-page letter to himself. As they read through his words, his family could not help but become very emotional.
“When I opened the letter and saw his handwriting, tears filled my eyes,” said Tyra Vickers-Kearney.
It’s been fourteen years since Vickers was taken away from his family, so this letter provided them one last opportunity to connect to the teen.
“I’ve never felt his presence like that in the past 14 years, but I felt like he was sitting right next to the side of me as she was reading this letter,” said Aaron’s mother, Deanetta Vickers.
Within the letter, Aaron shared his hopeful take on the country’s future political climate.
“He mentioned in 10 years, we’ll probably have a Black vice president. Or maybe a woman would be president,” Tyra Vickers-Kearney said.
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