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Families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown meet for first time

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- PIX11 News was in the room when the parents of Eric Garner and Michael Brown met each other for the first time on Thursday in Washington, D. C. Both families traveled to the nations capital to renew their calls for federal criminal charges for the police officers involved in their sons’ deaths.

"It is hard enough to lose a loved one," explained Gwen Carr, Eric Garners mother. "But to lose a child is almost unbearable."

Michael Brown, Sr. said, "I am here to try to make sure that this doesn't happen to anyone else's family."

Surrounded by leaders from the NAACP, Urban League and National Action Network. "We come to demand a full investigation by the US Department of Justice into Michael Browns death, and Eric Garners murder," said Urban League President Marc Morial.

The Browns and Garners learned of the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder during their remarks this morning.

They were optimistic Holder would soon announce greater federal involvement in there cases. Reverend Al Sharpton remarked, "The civil rights community has lost in effect, the most effective civil rights Attorney General in the history of this country."