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WDKX.com » Blog » Trayvon Martin's parents speak to CNN
Jul 18th 2013 9:06 pm
Trayvon Martin's parents speak to CNN
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The mother of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin told CNN's Anderson Cooper that she hoped that the foundation started in her son's name would allow for something good to come out of his death. "The change that we hope to affect is with the law," Sybrina Fulton said. "We want to make sure any teenager who is walking down the street wont' be killed, that they will make it home safe."

[Breaking news update at 8:52 p.m. ET]

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday they are hoping for a federal civil rights investigation into the teenager's death.

[Breaking news update at 8:51 p.m. ET]

The father of Trayvon Martin told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday that the family has faith in the legal system. "The state did all they could with what they had" given the poor quality of the investigation, he said."Does the system work? It didn't work for us. We remain prayerful that through this injustice, we can close that gap and hopefully the system can start working for everyone equally."

[Breaking news update at 8:46 p.m. ET]

Benjamin Crump, the Martin family attorney, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday that they were pleased by the charges brought against George Zimmerman because they felt it got to the heart of the allegations. But he said he did not believe the police were aggressive with the shooting investigation, appearing to take Zimmerman's word for it. "Not only did (Zimmerman) profile Trayvon Martin, the police profiled Trayvon Martin," Crump said.

[Breaking news update at 8:41 p.m. ET]

"I think that's a joke," Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said of Juror B37's statement that she did not believe race was a factor in the shooting. Fulton told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday that the juror heard the 911 call in which George Zimmerman clearly identified her son as a black teenager.

Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday that his children had grown up in a diverse community, so he didn't feel a need to have a conversation about how Trayvon and his other son should deal with race. Rather, he said he talked with his children about "how we prepare them to become teenagers, to become upstanding citizens, to conduct themselves in public." But once his unarmed son was shot, he said that changed. "What is it I can tell my child now?" he said.

[Breaking news update at 8:38 p.m. ET]

Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday that he believes Juror B37 had her mind made up before George Zimmerman's trial began. The juror gave an exclusive interview to Cooper earlier this week, where she said the jury felt like it knew Zimmerman but did not know enough about Trayvon.

[Original story published at 8:34 p.m. ET]

'That wasn't the Trayvon we raised,' Martin's parents tell CNN

Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday that it was difficult to listen to the testimony about his son, particularly the negative comments.

"That wasn't the Trayvon we raised," he said.

Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said she felt the need to sit through every day of George Zimmerman's trial because her son was "not here to say anything for himself." She said that she needed to "show a face" for her son.

Martin's parents spoke out Thursday for the first time since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of their son.

Source: CNN.com