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Trayvon Martin’s parents speak out on verdict

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ORLANDO — Trayvon Martin’s parents spoke out Thursday for the first time since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of their son.

In interviews on the three network TV morning news programs, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin assailed the verdict and the Zimmerman defense team’s argument that the killing was in self-defense during an attack by the unarmed teenager.

Fulton told “CBS This Morning” she was “in a bit of shock” after the verdict. “I thought surely that he would be found guilty of second-degree murder,” she said.

TrayvonOn NBC’s “Today,” Fulton said the case is “sending a terrible message to other little black and brown boys — that you can’t walk fast, you can’t walk slow. So what do they do? I mean, how do you get home without people knowing or either assuming that you’re doing something wrong? Trayvon wasn’t doing anything wrong.”

Tracy Martin told CBS he wants America to know that Trayvon “was a fun-loving child.”

Speaking to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Martin added that he and Fulton did not find the verdict fair, “and of course it’s devastating.”

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  • guest

    no parent should have to go through what they have but it's time to acknowledge that the problem is more about lack of respect for authority than it is about skin color.

    • Skip

      But Rambo Zimmerman isn't an authority figure or a uniformed law officer of any kind – not even a security guard. For all Martin knew, he was a hispanic robber, mugger, or sex predator. Trayvon was standing his ground against an unknown threat.

      • guest

        he was an adult first of all and the neighborhood watchman second. children these days are not being raised with even the morals of respecting their elders. pretty basic stuff.