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The mothers of Sean Bell and Trayvon Martin met for the first time with Michael Brown’s mother for a CNN interview Monday in which they talked about coping with the loss of their sons.

All three women lost their sons, unarmed young black men, in shootings. The interview aired on the same day Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, is expected to bury her son. The 18-year-old’s killing by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer has set off two weeks of protests in the town.


Martin and Bell’s mothers both said they still speak to their sons. Bell said she remembered her son always telling her, “Ma, I got this.” She shared those words with McFadden, telling her she could get through the ordeal.

“I’m telling you: Ma, you got this,” Bell said.

McFadden said the women’s words helped her.

“They’re offering me something right now and I can’t tell you what it is, but it’s something,” she told CNN’s Don Lemon. “And something is more than nothing.”

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