Gone but certainly not forgotten. It's been three years since an unarmed 18-year-old named Mike Brown was gunned down by the police in Ferguson, Missouri, an incident that sparked protests all over the country and further spread the #BlackLivesMatter movement that was launched in 2012.
The town of Ferguson came together this week for the anniversary of Brown's death and to rebuild a memorial in the spot where he died.
"We can never forget this," protester and activist Meldon Moffitt told members of the community on Tuesday. "This is ground zero." In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Moffitt said that it's the community support and events like this one that keep the movement alive.
"I'm really delighted to see people come out here, it shows they haven't forgotten... As long as we support each other, all these lives — Mike Brown, Isaiah Hammett, Kajieme Powell, all of them — will be remembered."
Moffitt also pointed out who was missing from the anniversary event. "Where are the police and politicians tonight? If they cared about the community, about making a difference, they would be here with us. They're a part of this, too."
The Black Lives Matter movement called for a moment of silence on Twitter for Brown and for the "freedom fighters" in Ferguson, while local chapters around the country shared their own messages of support for the city still in grieving.