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Trayvon Martin Parents 'In Shock' After Not Guilty Verdict

Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 06:26 PM

By David Ogul

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Trayvon Martin’s parents spoke publicly for the first time Thursday since their son’s killer was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges, saying on the national morning television shows that they remain shocked and stunned over last week’s verdicts.

Trayvon’s father, Tracy, said he is still trying to cope with the loss of his 17-year-old son, who was shot dead by Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman after confronting the black teenager whom he said appeared to be suspicious.

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“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 recover from,” Martin said on "CBS This Morning," where he appeared with his wife, Sybrina Fulton.

Asked for her reaction after the verdict, Fulton said, “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.”

Referring to Juror B37, who told Anderson Cooper on CNN this week that Trayvon shares some of the blame for the confrontation, Fulton 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 that was chasing a kid and we had a kid who I feel was afraid.”

Fulton and Martin also appeared on the Today Show and ABC’s Good Morning America.

Reaction on social networking sites was swift.

"#Trayvon’s parents know [d—] well their son was a violent thug. They need to stop demonizing #Zimmerman. Disgraceful,” @SimonTemplarPV posted on Twitter.

“Just watched Trayvon’s parents on NBC’s Today show. My heart and prayers will forever be with them,” tweeted @Flawless_EhEhF1.

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“Trayvon’s parents still shocked,” tweeted @velvetnikitab. “So are the rest of us who live on planet earth.”

Trayvon Martin was shot dead Feb. 26, 2002, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman told authorities Trayvon assaulted him after he approached the 17-year-old and that he feared for his life. Trayvon was unarmed, but pictures taken after the shooting showed Zimmerman suffered from cuts and bruises.

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