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Mothers who lost children to police and gun violence speak out ahead of DNC appearance

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hugs Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A group of seven mothers sat down with “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts in Philadelphia, ahead of their scheduled appearance on Tuesday evening at the Democratic National Convention. The group — which includes Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old who was shot while walking his neighborhood, and Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, whose death in Ferguson, Missouri at the hands of police set off nationwide protests — plans to discuss how best to protect the nation’s children from gun violence and excessive police force. “There’s something that has been placed inside us that says, ‘Listen you can’t help your son or daughter, but you can certainly help other children,'” explained Fulton.

The mothers said they had met and spoken with Hillary Clinton privately before the convention, and that they had all chosen to endorse her for president. “She adores all of us, she contacted us, she still calls us, we still get letters when we’re not travelling with her,” said Maria Hamilton, whose son Dontre was killed by a policeman who shot him 14 times. The women added that they hoped Clinton’s support for gun control and greater police accountability could work to affect real positive change.

Asked about the recent uptick in violence against police, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, whose 15-year-old daughter was shot and killed in a Chicago park, spoke up: “What they feel is what we’ve been talking about, these are the issues that people have been living every day. Now the conversation’s a little bit louder because police have become victim to it.” The women were quick to add, however, that they condemned any and all violence against police. “Everybody gets caught up on the uniform,” said McSpadden, “but under that uniform is somebody who belongs to somebody who really loves them.”

Watch the video at ABC News.


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