Editor's note: Ron Thomas's son, Kelly Thomas, died after a July 2011 beating by Fullerton police, who were acquitted by a local jury earlier this year. On Thursday, the third anniversary of his son's death, Ron Thomas sent the following to reporters:
Reflecting about my son............
Dear Son, It was three years ago today in the late afternoon that we took you off of life support. It was a very, very sad and emotional day. A day that I, we will never forget. After you took your last breath on your own, lying in a pool of your own blood, your heart stopped, your eyes closed and you never regained conciseness. I will never give up my fight for you Kelly. Those who are responsible for your murder will not get away with it. This I promise you.
Always in my thoughts and my heart.