Trayvon's mother felt 'disgust'

2013-07-18 18:47
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Miami - Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager who was shot dead in Florida last year by volunteer watchman George Zimmerman, said on Thursday that she was "stunned" when a jury found her son's killer not guilty.

Fulton said: "I just knew that they would see that this was a teenager trying to get home. This was no burglar."

A six-woman jury on Saturday acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 26 February 2012 killing of Martin inside a gated community in the central Florida town of Sanford.

"My first thought was shock, disgust," Fulton said on a TV show.

Fulton and Martin's father, Tracy Martin, gave their first interviews on the verdict that has renewed debate about race relations in the United States and cast scrutiny on gun laws and self-defence laws.

Martin said he believed jurors were given little opportunity to know more about their son.

"They didn't know him as a human being, a fun-loving kid," Martin said.

"I just wish they had an opportunity to really know who Trayvon was and to put that in context with what their decision was."
Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Martin family, said the parents were considering filing a civil lawsuit against Zimmerman.

"We are looking at all legal options right now," said Crump.

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