Trayvon Martin's mom, Sybrina Fulton, wrote a heartbreaking letter published in Time magazine to the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old recently shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.
Fulton says she wishes she could say "it will be alright" but the truth is she can only "pray" as their "lives are forever changed."
The letter, published Monday, comes from Fulton's experience in 2012 when her 17-year-old son Trayvon was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28, in Florida.
Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
"Our children are our future so whenever any of our children – black, white, brown, yellow, or red – are taken from us unnecessarily, it causes a never-ending pain that is unlike anything I could have imagined experiencing," Fulton writes.
Fulton explains the dichotomy of detractors and supporters family members will face since they've sadly joined "this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence."
For Fulton, the loss meant devoting her life to the missions of The Trayvon Martin Foundation. She lends her support to Brown's family and "to seek justice for your Michael and the countless other Michaels & Trayvons of our country."
Fulton offers hope in perhaps the most touching line of the letter. "But know this: neither of their lives shall be in vain. The galvanizations of our communities must be continued beyond the tragedies."
African Americans are killed by white police officers nearly twice a week in the United States, according to the most recent accounts of justifiable homicide reported to the FBI during a seven-year period ending in 2012.
On average, there were 96 incidents among at least 400 police killings each year that were reported to the FBI by local police, USA TODAY found. The reports show that 18% of blacks killed during those seven years were under age 21, compared to 8.7% of whites.