After the verdict of George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watchman accused of killing unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, many of Martin’s family and friends have been left devastated, claiming no justice had been served in the shooting death of Trayvon. Trayvon Martin‘s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin sat down with CNN‘s Anderson Cooper to discuss the trial and the loss of their son.
Like many others, Trayvon’s parents did not agree with how the trial went down. Both parents argued that Trayvon was wrongly portrayed during the course of the trial. Tracy, Trayvon’s father stated, “that wasn’t the Trayvon that we knew, and we love.”
Trayvon‘s mother Sybrina also explained why she was there to listen to every one of Zimmerman‘s words. Sybrina articulated how her son was “not here to say anything himself.” According to the late teen’s mother, being present allowed her to “show a face” for the absent Trayvon.
As for the final verdict, both parents were stunned. “It came as a complete shock for me,” Trayvon‘s mother admitted. She continued, “And the reason why I say that is because I just look at people as people, and I thought for sure that the jury looked at Trayvon as an average teenager that was minding his own business, that wasn’t committing any crime.”
The shooting death of Martin sparked national outrage over concerns of unjustified police brutality and racial profiling in America.