It was fourteen years ago, that a 19-year-old father, upcoming rapper, and NFL player was murdered during a drive-by shooting in California.

Ever since his death, his family has been feeling a sense of emptiness. Each year, Aaron Vickers mother, sister, and other loved ones go to the location where he was murdered to show love and respect to him and keep the memory of their family member alive.

However, this year was a bit different. This family gained something that gave this more memories to hold onto.

On May 23, 2000, when he was just 16 years old, Vickers wrote a touching letter addressed to his future self about all his hopes and dreams. The letter was four pages long.

Though he died three years later, the letter remained in the possession of one man: his teacher, Daryl Hutchins. He had kept the letter for over a decade.

However, it was only this year that Hutchins learned about his past student’s death. He sought out a way to reach out to his family, and found the Facebook page dedicated to his memory.

Then, just days after the anniversary of Vickers’s killing, his mother and sister received the letter in the mail. After reading, they were comforted by the belief that this was the teen, thanking them for keeping his memory alive.

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