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.
On 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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“My first thought was shock, disgust,” said Fulton.
The parents also were asked about remarks by Juror B37, who told CNN she believes Trayvon Martin “played a huge role in his death.”
“I don’t think she knows Trayvon,” Fulton said on CBS. “Trayvon is not a confrontational person.”
On ABC, she added that she wishes the six-woman jury “had an opportunity to really know who Trayvon was and to put that in context with what their decision was.”