At LAT, "Trayvon Martin's parents 'stunned absolutely' by Zimmerman verdict":
For the first time since George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering their son, Trayvon Martin's parents gave TV interviews Thursday morning to decry the verdict and ask the federal government to continue to investigate.I feel for the parents, but their views of Trayvon aren't rooted in reality, as much as they love him.
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 he [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."
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."
See JWF, "The Myth of St. Trayvon."