Georgia congresswoman shares letter to son on the anniversary of his death

Georgia congresswoman shares letter to son on the anniversary of his death
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Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathWarren endorsed by Black Lives Matter co-founder's Black to the Future Action Fund Democratic rivals sharpen attacks as Bloomberg rises The Hill's Campaign Report: Rising Klobuchar, Buttigieg face test in diverse states MORE (D-Ga.) shared a letter to her late son on Saturday, on the seventh anniversary of his death. The young man died during an outbreak of gun violence. 

"This is always the hardest day of the year for me. So this year, I want to share a letter I wrote to my son," she tweeted. 

McBath's son Jordan Davis, then 17, was fatally shot at a gas station in 2012 after an argument over loud music. 

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"You and your friends were at a gas station, putting gas into your car. Without warning, a man confronted you and opened fire. He shot 10 rounds into the car, and sped away," McBath wrote in a series of tweets addressed to Davis."I didn’t get to hug and kiss you goodbye. You were 17 years old. My heart is still broken."

She added that immediately following his death, she did not know how to handle her grief. 

"Then, I knew what I had to do. I knew what WE had to do. We would fight to make sure no other families would have to suffer this pain," McBath wrote. "Jordan, I want you to know I am working to carry out your legacy. We thought you would one day fight for change — and now, together, we are carrying out that vision."

"Seven years later, you still inspire me every single day. I miss you. I love you so much," she concluded. 

McBath has been a vocal advocate for gun law reform including requiring universal background checks following her son's death. She was newly elected in 2018, flipping a previously Republican-held seat.

Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisClyburn: Biden 'suffered' from not doing 'enough' in early debates Sanders is a risk, not a winner House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll Sanders has wide leads in two of three battleground states: survey MORE (D-Mass.) two lawmakers who are running for president, responded to McBath's tweet thread offering sympathy and calling for change. 

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"While I can’t begin to imagine your pain, Jordan's legacy lives on through your fight for safer communities," Harris wrote.

"We must call out the fact that Black Americans have borne the brunt of the gun violence tragedy in our country. I promise to fight my heart out—for justice for Jordan, and to end this epidemic," wrote Warren