Trayvon Martin's parents speak out

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin Speak Out

The parents of Trayvon Martin appeared on CBS This Morning

by #teamEBONY, July 18, 2013

Trayvon Martin's parents speak out

Trayvon Martin's parents speak out

CHARLIE ROSE: For the first time since George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering their son, Trayvon Martin's parents are speaking publicly this morning about the verdict. Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin are with us, along with their attorney Benjamin Crump, good morning. First of all, it ought to be said that among all these questions, everybody understands, most importantly, the loss of your son. And you have to answer these questions, I mean you don't have to, but it's part of a process that you're going through. What is it that you most want us to understand before we talk about the particulars of this verdict?

TRACY MARTIN, TRAYVON'S FATHER: I want Americans to know that Trayvon was a fun-loving child. He was our child. We miss him dearly. Just 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.

NORAH O'DONNELL: And how are you feeling, Sybrina, after the verdict?

SYBRINA FULTON: I was in a bit of shock. 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.

NORAH O'DONNELL: You were stunned by the verdict?

SYBRINA FULTON, TRAYVON'S MOTHER: I was stunned absolutely. I couldn't believe it.

CHARLIE ROSE: Do you believe that this was racial profiling and this happened because of that?

SYBRINA FULTON: We didn't know details about the case. We knew some of them, but some of the details came out in the courtroom, as far as previous 911 calls. And I think it was, you know, obvious that it was a black person, a black young person that they were looking for, but Trayvon was simply not that person. Trayvon was not a burglar, he was not doing anything wrong. He simply went to the store and was headed back home. And for somebody to look at him and perceive that he was a burglar, that was the problem that initiated everything.

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