MIAMI, Fla.-- Forget the Grammy Awards, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx said the place to be Sunday night was at Trayvon Martin's remembrance dinner in Miami. Foxx sang "Happy Birthday" to Martin, who would have been 18 last week.
"We want to wrap our arms around the children and that's the message we want to send, we came down just to support them," said Foxx.
In the year since he was killed, Martin's tragedy has grabbed the attention of people all over the country. There wasn't an empty seat in the house at Sunday's dinner; from friends and family to those who never got the chance to meet Martin, but have been touched by his story, like the father of Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis. Police say Davis was killed because he was playing loud music.
In a first meeting as natural as any family gathering, Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin's parents shook hands. Two fathers bound by a pain no parent should ever have to feel.
"It's definitely one of those fraternities you wouldn't want to be a part of," said Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father. "We didn't choose this road, our kids didn't choose their fate, but as God sees it fit, we are going to stand in the gap for them."
A powerful moment for both families searching for a glimmer of hope in their hardships.
"God has our children and they're probably playing together right there," said Ron Davis, Jordan Davis' father.
They spoke of ending gun violence and the hope that no other child will have to suffer the same fate as Trayvon and Jordan.
"We're in this together for the long haul," said Martin.