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Trayvon Martin’s Parents Speak Out

WI Web Staff | 7/19/2013, 12:56 p.m.
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of Trayvon Martin Courtesy Photo

For first time since the not guilty verdict was delivered on July 13 in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin murder case, Trayvon’s parents spoke out on Thursday expressing their shock and disappointment.

Appearing on several TV morning news shows, Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton -- dressed in black to convey her frustration with the trial’s outcome -- said she thought the all-female jury would have at least found Zimmerman guilty of manslaughter.

“I just knew that they would see that this was a teenager just trying to get home,” Fulton said on CBS This Morning. “This was no burglar, this was somebody’s son that was trying to get home.”

Fulton said she and her family have been disgusted over both the jury’s and public’s misconception of Trayvon, who she contends was targeted, stalked and shot to death on Feb. 26, 2012 by Zimmerman, who at the time was a Neighborhood Watch guard.

When later joined on NBC’s Today by Trayvon’s father who was also attired in black, Fulton said the verdict sends a terrible message “to other little black and brown boys that you can’t walk fast, you can’t walk slow.”