For the first time since a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of their son’s murder, the parents of Trayvon Martin are speaking out. Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton sat down with their lawyer Benjamin Crump for an interview on Thursday’s CBS This Morning.
“I want America to know that Trayvon was a fun-loving child. He was our child. We miss him dearly,” Martin said.
Fulton said she was “in a bit of shock.”
“I thought surely that he would be found guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter at the least,” she said. “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.”
She added that she does think race played a role in the killing.
“He wasn’t doing anything wrong. He simply went to the store and was headed back home. For somebody to look at him and to perceive him to be a burglar, that is the problem,” she said.
“Trayvon is not a confrontational person. Instead of placing the blame on the teenager, we need to place the blame on the responsible adult. There were two people involved. We had an adult who was chasing a kid and we had a kid who I feel was afraid.”
When asked if they were going to pursue a civil case, Crump said, “We’ll look at all legal options. Right now, we’ll ask the Department of Justice to answer … ‘Can a private citizen with a gun profile and follow our children home?’ We need to know because we’ve got to know what to tell our children.”