It was still dark in lower Manhattan, a little before 6 a.m. Wednesday, when the parents of Ramarley Graham shook off their sleeping bags and assembled on the steps outside the Department of Justice office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
Dozens of supporters had joined them for the all-night vigil in honor of the Bronx teen gunned down by NYPD police exactly four years ago. They slept when they could on the cold, brick plaza outside the DOJ building. They sang songs, read poems and talked to reporters.
Then Constance Malcolm and Frank Graham, Ramarley's parents, stepped up to a podium.
"We want accountability," Malcolm said. "Preet Bharara, stop dragging your feet!"
"Losing a child is the worst possible thing anything can go through," Frank Graham said. "You don't sleep at night and you wonder during the day... You cry yourself to sleep when you do get sleep and you wake up with tears."