Trayvon's Mom: He Was Just a Kid Trying to Get Home
Parents speak out, say verdict 'shocked' them
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 18, 2013 9:29 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Trayvon Martin's parents made appearances on three of the major networks today, telling each interviewer that they were shocked by the verdict. "We felt in our hearts that we were going to get a conviction," Tracy Martin told the Today show. "We felt that the killer of our unarmed child was going to be convicted." Sybrina Fulton repeatedly stressed her son's age, saying the jury hadn't considered things from his point of view. "Trayvon is not a confrontational person," she told CBS. "Instead of placing the blame on the teenager, we need to place the blame on the responsible adult."

Fulton echoed those remarks on ABC. "I think people are forgetting that Trayvon was a teenager," she said. "I really do believe he was afraid, because he did call George Zimmerman creepy. … If you are 17 and you are afraid, you may not know what to do." She also said the verdict sent a "terrible message to other little black and brown boys. They can't walk fast. They can't walk slow. So what do they do? How do they get home without people assuming you are doing something wrong?" Their lawyer, Benjamin Crump, says they're considering civil action against Zimmerman, adding, "we'll ask the Department of Justice to answer, 'Can a private citizen with a gun profile and follow our children home?'" Crump wants the White House to "at the least investigate what happened."

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rickydarlin
Jul 19, 2013 5:35 PM CDT
was just trying to get home with everybodys t.v.
KDickley
Jul 19, 2013 11:35 AM CDT
Although I am sorry for the tragic the loss to Trayvon's parents, I don't think he should have attacked Zimmerman. If he hadn't, he would still be alive. He wasn't so innocent, as attacking someone and bashing their head into the cement might be a felony. The media, Obama, Holder, Sharpton, Jackson and other people that stirred up racial shit, should have kept their mouth shut.
WarmWeatherGuy
Jul 19, 2013 12:09 AM CDT
"So what do they do? How do they get home without people assuming you are doing something wrong?" You could approach the neighborhood watch volunteer and introduce yourself. Thank him for his efforts to help police keep the crime rate down and tell him you want to allay his suspicions. Life may not be fair but I think this strategy will work most of the time.