The parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, spoke out for the first time since a not guilty verdict was handed down Saturday night in the trial of George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was acquitted of second degree murder and manslaughter in the 2012 shooting death of the unarmed Martin in Sanford, Fla.
“Trayvon was a fun-loving child. He was our child. We miss him dearly,” Tracy Martin said Thursday on “CBS This Morning.” “To have your child’s life taken away from you like that, it hurts. And it’s a process that will take a long time to start the recovery from.”
Martin’s parents attended much of the trial but were not in the court room for the verdict, and Fulton says she was “in a bit of shock” upon hearing of the not guilty verdict.
“I thought surely that he would be found guilty of second degree murder, manslaughter at the least. But I just knew that they would see that this was a teenager just trying to get home. This was no burglar. This was somebody’s son that was trying to get home.”
“I was stunned. Absolutely. I couldn’t believe it,” Fulton added.
Fulton says the role of racial profiling in the death of her son is “obvious.”