Trayvon Martin’s father to Zimmerman: Was it really worth it?

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 19:07 EDT
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Tracy Martin via YouTube screenshot
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In an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday, the parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin explained what they would say if they had a chance to talk to his killer, George Zimmerman.

“I would probably give him the opportunity to apologize,” said Sybrina Fulton, Travyon Martin’s mother. I would probably ask him if there was another way he could have helped settle the confrontation that he had with Trayvon, other than the way it ended, with Trayvon being shot.”

Tracy Martin, the boy’s father, said he would ask Zimmerman what his motive was.

“Why was he patrolling the neighborhood with a 9mm gun?” he said. “What was it about my son that made him suspicious? What made him decide to disobey the dispatcher, who is trained to handle 911 calls? Why does he feel his life is so altered and does he understand that he altered his own life by refusing to stay in his vehicle? Was it really worth it? Was it really worth taking an innocent child’s life?”

Zimmerman has claimed that he shot Trayvon after Trayvon knocked him to the ground and began hitting his head into the ground. On Wednesday, he was charged with second-degree murder.

Watch video, courtesy of the Associated Press, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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