When I spoke with Natasha about the murder of her son Akeal, one of the many things that broke my heart was learning how difficult it was get the police to give the case the attention it deserved.... to not have them write off the death of yet another black child as gang related and to not have them rush to judgement about Akeal's character.

As a parent, it's simply unfathomable to think of having to defend the life of my child in the days following his murder.... and I don't take lightly the luxury and privilege of not having to experience the absolute height of "adding insult to injury". Learning that, while all gun violence is horrific and incidents cannot be compared against each other, not all survivors and family members are walking the same path is something that will stay with me forever.

Akeal was shot on this day in 2012 and his murder is still unresolved.