Three Grieving Mothers

On August 25th, CNN aired an intense and emotional interview with the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Sean Bell. Lesley McSpadden, Sybrina Fulton, and Valerie Bell share the experience of losing their sons to brutal violence. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th, 2014, inspiring massive protests against police brutality. Trayvon Martin was gunned down by George Zimmerman in 2012. Sean Bell was also killed by police officers in 2006.

The mothers offered comfort to one another, spoke about their grief, and discussed the difficulty of watching the character assassination against their sons in the media. Fulton and Bell encouraged McSpadden to keep Brown's memory alive and to focus on the happy times she had with him. Fulton said:
You have to focus on when he was smiling. You have to focus on his first day of school, and you have to focus on Christmas day and things like that.[...] Just don't focus on the death, because that's going to eat away at you.
 When interviewer Don Lemon asked Fulton if it was possible to ever be whole again, she responded
I don't think it's a matter of being a whole. What I think it is is a matter of a new life. This is the new life. I can never go back to who I was and what I was because I'm missing something very precious in my life and something very special.
Bell described losing her son, Sean, as losing a part of her body:
But you remember, you remember what that part of your body has done for you. Like if you lose an arm, you knew what that arm did. So my thing is keeping the memories that will keep you and carry you on.
McSpadden mentioned that when it rains, she thinks of her son, Michael:
Something about the rain. Something about it.[...] I feel him. He's there.

In the midst of tragedy, these three women came together to support one another and to honor the lives of their sons. This interview is one of the most profoundly moving things I have ever seen.

You can watch the full interview at the CNN website.

Sybrina Fulton embraces Lesley McSpadden

Sybrina Fulton holds Lesley McSpadden

Valerie Bell comforts Lesley McSpadden

Sybrina Fulton, Lesley McSpadden, and Valerie Bell

Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin)

Valerie Bell (mother of Sean Bell)

Lesley McSpadden (mother of Michael Brown)