Rayshard Brooks' Four Children Awarded Full Scholarships to Georgia College

Brooks' widow, Tomika Miller, spoke with Today's Savannah Guthrie on Thursday, sharing her reaction to murder charges made against the Atlanta police officer who fatally shot her husband, The mother also opened up about grieving and supporting their kids.

"I have my up and down moments. I can't say I'm doing well, because I'm not," said Miller. "It's hard for me to sleep. Every day I'm praying to get through it; I'm praying for strength."

One of Brooks' daughters, Blessing, celebrated her 8th birthday the day after he was killed. "They miss him dearly," Miller told Guthrie.

Miller added that it has been "very emotional" knowing that Father's Day is just around the corner.

"All I can think about is my husband won't be here — no matter how many charges they face, it's not gonna bring him back; there's not gonna be a day when I see him walk through the door or he's laughing with the kids again, or he's trying to do his best in life and become the best man he wants to be for his family," she said.

Brooks’ killing came amid weeks of protests against police brutality and racial injustice, which began following the murder of George Floyd last month.

A GoFundMe page has been created by the Stewart Trial Attorneys' Care Team, who is representing the family. All proceeds will go to Brooks’ family.

To help combat systemic racism, consider learning from or donating to these organizations:

  • Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org) which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.
  • ColorofChange.org works to make the government more responsive to racial disparities.
  • National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help black youth succeed in college and beyond.

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