For the first time since George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering their son, Trayvon Martin’s parents gave TV interviews Thursday to decry the verdict and ask the federal government to continue to investigate.
Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, said in a “CBS This Morning” interview that she was “stunned absolutely” by the not-guilty verdict handed down Saturday by the six-woman jury in Seminole County, Fla.
“I thought surely that (Zimmerman) would be found guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter at the least,” Fulton 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.”
In the same interview with CBS, Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, said he wanted Americans to know “that Trayvon was a fun-loving child. He was our child. We miss him dearly.”
Tracy Martin added, “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.”
Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot to death by Zimmerman after a struggle, which started after Zimmerman began following an unarmed Martin home from a gas station on Feb. 26, 2012.
Zimmerman’s acquittal on a second-degree murder charge sparked demonstrations in dozens of U.S. cities after the case highlighted ongoing racial discord across the country.
Protesters have called for the U.S. Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
“We are looking at all legal options right now,” the Martins’ attorney, Benjamin Crump, told CBS’ Charlie Rose.
“We’re asking the Department of Justice to answer that question for us. Can a private citizen with a gun profile and follow our children home?”