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It’s bee five months since Sybrina Fulton, and Tracy Martin lost their son, Trayvon, and the wounds still run deep. The parents of the 17-year-old, who was shot by George Zimmerman back in February, spoke about their son during a town hall on meeting on violence and racial healing, held at Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Convention Center, Wednesday (July 25). “He liked to go to the mall, liked to dress nice, liked to smell nice, liked movies, just like you,” Fulton said addressing the crowd of more than 1,000.

Poet Maya Angelou opened the conference, offering remarks to the Martin family and calling for change. “I don’t want to see five more Trayvons and five Trayvettes get killed by police who’ve been waiting for that chance,” she said. “Please pray for justice.”

The case has received publicity around the world, and while they are still grieving the loss, the tragedy marks an opportunity for a positive outcome. “Nothing anyone can do will bring Trayvon back,” Tracy said. “You have to take that negative and turn it into a positive. We chose to keep our son’s name alive and not let his death be in vain.”

With the second-degree murder trial expected to begin at the end of the year, Fulton explained how her son’s death has prepared her in dealing with the court proceedings. “The most difficult part is the process that I’m going through now, and that’s the part of not having my son on Earth. Everything else is just a process, and I think if I can deal with not holding my son and hugging my son and not talking to him, I can certainly deal with whatever the court rules.”

Zimmerman is currently free on bond, and has been transported to a “safe house.” Last week he relaunched his personal website and made a plea to the Hispanic community by speaking in Spanish during a video address to his supporters.


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