Jaylin is still fighting to survive and Andy and Josh were shot and killed by an open bigot just 2 weeks ago. ⁣ ⁣ These families are devastated beyond words

Shaun King

Let me tell you a story tonight about my hero, @LeeMerrittEsq. ⁣


That’s him, with the mothers of Jaylin, Andy, and Josh in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jaylin is still fighting to survive and Andy and Josh were shot and killed by an open bigot just 2 weeks ago. ⁣

These families are devastated beyond words. Tonight @GrassrootsLaw was able to pay the rent and bills for all three of these mothers for at least the next few months. Thank you to a generous donor for helping us make this happen. ⁣

Lee travels all over this country for nearly 250 days a year to let mothers just like this know that he will help carry their burdens and grief and he let’s them know that they aren’t alone. ⁣

Lee has to have the hardest conversations you can ever imagine with these families. He has to ask questions that nobody ever wants to ask. He often has to visit morgues and oversee autopsies. ⁣

He has to visit the scenes of the most heinous hate crimes and police murders in the nation – even recreating them to help him understand how to help these families find some semblance of justice. ⁣

Daily, he wades through blood, murder, and grief… for us. ⁣

And he also does this for me. ⁣

He is my closest partner in the world in this work and has been for years now. ⁣

We have very different skills but an almost identical worldview and sometimes operate as one brain on cases for families, but while I make these cases known to the world, and organize our staff and organizers @GrassrootsLaw to do what we do…⁣

He does the hardest work and carries the heaviest load. ⁣

Brother – I love you like blood and will have your back until the wheels fall off. Even if they do fall off, I’ll still be there homie. ⁣

Thank you for being there for the families that this racist country chews up and spits out. ⁣

You are my peer hero. ⁣

-Shaun⁣